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. 007: Спектр—Spectre—$11.3m
2. Монстры на каникулах 2—Hotel Transylvania 2—$10m (in November; total $16m)
3. Последний охотник на ведьм—The Last Witch Hunter—$8.8m
4. Голодные игры: Сойка-пересмешница. Часть 2—The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2—$6m
5. Савва. Сердце воина—Savva: Heart of the Warrior—$2.6m
IMDB: It is a fairytale about a grand life journey of a 10-year-old boy, Savva, devoted to helping his mom and fellow villagers break free from vicious hyenas. Trying to escape from the hyenas, Savva finds himself in a magical world he had only heard stories of. That is where he meets the white wolf Angee, a hilarious tiny pink creature Puffy, a strange-looking semi-baron FAFL and his passenger, and Nanty, Shaman’s charming daughter. New friends help Savva through his journey to the magician who lives on a mountain and, as legend has it, might help Savva free his village from the angry hyenas. However, each of them has their own reasons to see the magician, and some of them keep these reasons to themselves. On their way to the magician the friends will face multiple dangers and pleasant and unpleasant surprises, discover terrifying secrets, and even have a battle with a monkey army, led by the cruel and treacherous Mom JoZee—a three-headed monkey queen. Savva: Heart of the Warrior is a story about a big dream, true friendship and growing strong at heart to overcome difficulties together. It is an exciting and bright animated fairy tale.