Viy / Вий (Forbidden Empire)

Like most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top five movies in Russia by box office take—with the official Russian-language trailers from YouTube and, for those Russian films on the list, links to our Russian film site.

Below are films listed with their English and Russian titles (note that they differ sometimes), as well as how much the film has earned over the calendar month.

 

1. Вий 3DViy 3D (Rus)—$34.2m 

 

2.  Волк с Уолл-СтритThe Wolf of Wall Street—$12m

Wall Street’s reputation is strong even in Russia. Here, the title of this film has been given a direct translation.

 

3. РобокопRobocop—$8.8m

The original Robocop was first released during glasnost, and was fairly widely available on VHS. Russians have flocked to see this new treatment of the Robocop story.

 


4. В спорте только девушки—There Are Only Women in Sports (Rus)—$6.3m  

The title of this comedy is a nod to the old Hollywood classic Some Like It Hot, which, in Russian, is “В джазе только девушки” (In Jazz, There Are Only Girls). Some Like it Hot was very popular in the USSR and was even an official release in the USSR.

 

5.  Помпеи—Pompeii—$5.8m

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