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 

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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