Legend #17

Russia’s Top Movies: May 2013

Published: May 30, 2013

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. Железный человек 3Iron Man 3—$43.9m

Iron Man is the undisputed hero of Russian movie theaters this month, at least in terms of box office take.


2.  Форсаж 6Fast and Furious 6—$17.9m

The Russian title translates to “afterburn”—a method of suddenly boosting the power of a motor and thus pushing up the speed of the vehicle. It is a more technical phrase, but does capture the meaning of the original title (and in a manner that is perhaps more elegant than the original).


3. Легенда № 17Legend #17 (Rus)$12.8m (in May; total $29.3m)



4. Великий ГэтсбиThe Great Gatsby—$11.3m

A direct translation has been used for this film—the same translation used or nearly all translations of the classic book into Russian (the first was produced in the USSR).


5.  Стартрек: ВозмездиеStar Trek: Into Darkness—$9.2m

Interestingly, although the previous Star Trek film was released under the translated name “Звёздный путь,” the latest film has chosen to use transliterate the English name (and spell it as one word): Стартрек. The subtitle has also been liberally rendered as “Возмездие” (Retribution), a relatively common subtitle for an action sequel.

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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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