Christmas Trees 3 / Ёлки 3

Russia’s Top Movies: January 2014

Published: January 30, 2014

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. Ёлки 3Christmas Trees 3 (Rus)—$26.7m (in January; total – $38m)


2.  47 Ronin—47 Ронинов—$26.1m

Ronin in Russian is the same word—but of course it needs to decline by number.


3. Хоббит: Пустошь СмаугаThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smau—$15.7m(in January; total—$44.8m)

Despite a late release in December, the new Hobbit movie did incredibly well in 2013, quickly grossing millions of dollars. Note that the Russian version of the title translates directly to “The Wasteland of Smaug.”


4. Любовь в большом городе 3Love in the Big City 3 (Rus)—$15.6m


5.  Невероятная жизнь Уолтера МиттиThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty—$11m

For some reason Walter Mitty’s “secret life” is an “incredible/unbelievable life” (“невероятная”) in the Russian version.

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.

Program attended: SRAS Staff Member

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