Russia’s Top Movies: May 2016

Published: May 26, 2016

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. Первый мститель: Противостояние—Captain America: Civil War—$16m 


2.  Экипаж—Flight Crew (Russian)—$15m (in May; total $22m)

Экипаж  (Ekipazh—Flight Crew) is a Russian disaster film produced by Russia-1 Channel which was released in April, 2016. Inspired by the 1979 Soviet film Air Crew, Экипаж was the second catastrophe film shot in the Russian Federation.

In the film, a talented young pilot, Alexey Guchshin, does not accept authority and acts in accordance with a personal code of honor. For failure to comply with an absurd order, he is prevented from flying military aircraft and only through the connections of his father (a famous aircraft engineer) does he get a chance to fly a passenger airliner. He becomes the second pilot-trainee on the Tu-204 SM under the guidance of an experienced crew commander, pilot Leonid Zinchenko. Their work relationship is not easy, but due to Alexey’s talent, Leonid chooses to keep him at his side, even after more cases of insubordination caused by Alexey’s failure to comply with absurd orders.

During the flight to Southeast Asia, the crew receives a message about an earthquake on a volcanic island and decides to go to the epicenter of the disaster to evacuate people before the expected volcano eruption. Together, the two pilots manage to escape the island on two planes, however, the smaller cargo plane does not have enough fuel. Using a risky maneuver, the crew manages to transfer passengers via sky line between the two vessels in the air moments before the plane would run out of fuel and crash into the ocean. After a rough, but successful landing in a lightning storm the two are terminated from their positions as pilots (as they both disobeyed a direct order), and are transferred to Aeroflot as flight interns.


3.  Angry Birds в киноThe Angry Birds Movie—$9.1m


4.  Люди Икс: АпокалипсисX-Men: Apocalypse—$6.4m 


5. Книга Джунглей—The Jungle Book—$4.1m (in May; total $19.7m)

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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