Scene from Батальонъ / Battalion (2014)

Russia’s Top Movies: February 2015

Published: February 28, 2015

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.  Пятьдесят оттенков серого—Fifty Shades of Grey—$14.9m


2.  Восхождение Юпитер—Jupiter Ascending—$8.8m     


3. Kingsman: Секретная служба—Kingsman: Secret Service—$7.8m

Interestingly, this movie was released in Russia with the main title still fully in English. The second part has been directly translated.


4. Губка Боб в 3DThe Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water—$6.9m

 In English, this title is long enough to be a little silly in and of itself. The Russian distributors decided to make things a bit simpler, relying on the “Spongebob” name (which is well-known in Russia) and emphasizing that the movie is in 3D (typically written with an English “D” in Russian). 


5.  Батальонъ—Battalion (Rus)—$4.2m 

About the author

Josh Wilson

Josh has lived in Moscow since 2003, when he first arrived to study Russian with SRAS. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. At SRAS, Josh assists in program development and leads our Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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