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. Мстители: Эра Альтрона—Avengers: Age of Ultron—$15.8m (in May; total $31.7m)
2. Безумный Макс: Дорога ярости—Mad Max: Fury Road—$10.4m
3. А зори здесь тихие…—The Dawns Here Are Quiet (Rus)—$5.2m
This WWII drama is based on the book by Boris Vasiliev by the same title. (It is not a re-make of the popular 1972 film of the same name). The story takes place in 1942, when Sergeant Major Vaskov and five young women who just recently joined his anti-aircraft battalion, have to hold back a detachment of experienced Nazi raiders sent to secure a strategic object. Vaskov and the girls have to prevent the sabotage, but they will pay for it the highest price.
4. Земля будущего—Tomorrowland—$3.9m
5. Одной левой (Rus)—$3.3m
Max is a successful sculptor and confirmed bachelor. His life is full of girlfriends and high-paying orders. But his familiar flow of life is interrupted when his right hand starts acting like a hand of a pampered, spoiled girl. Max’s friends, clients, and girlfriends believe he has lost his mind. However, in reality his arm is now inhabited by the soul of an unknown girl…