Kitchen in Paris

Russia’s Top Movies: May 2014

Published: May 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. Люди Икс: Дни минувшего будущего—X-Men: Days of Future Past—$18.1m

Interestingly, the subtitle of this film, even with its convoluted logic, was nearly directly translated into Russian. The end result is perhaps more properly “Days of Past Future,” but the thought is largely the same.


2.  ГодзиллаGodzilla—$14.7m

“Godzilla,” it seems, is the same in all languages.


3. Кухня в ПарижеA Kitchen in Paris (Rus)—$13.8m


4. МалефисентаMaleficent—$13m  

As the film is named after the main character, again, we see that a basic transliteration will do. However, note that the name was changed to “Малефисента”—adding an “a” and making the name more comfortably female in Russian.


5.  Другая женщина—The Other Woman—$6.1m

Another direct translation.

About the author

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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