Russia’s Top Movies: October 2012

Published: October 30, 2012

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. ДухLessDuxhless or Soulless (Rus)—$12.9m


2.  Монстры на каникулахHotel Transylvania—$10.6m

Hotel Transylvania is now “Monsters on Holiday” for the Russian market.


3.  007: Координаты “Скайфолл”—Skyfall—$8m

The distributors for the Russian release of the new James Bond film have complicated its name to 007: “Skyfall” Coordinates.



4.  Паранормальное явление 4Paranormal Activity 4—$5.9m

Although “Paranormal” is a word that crosses both English and Russian in a recognizable form, in Russian it is almost always paired with the word “явление” (occurrence, phenomenon) rather than “действие” (activity). A movie from this series has been at the top of Russia’s charts every October since SRAS started its movie charts.


5. Сайлент Хилл 2 3DSilent Hill: Revelation 3D—$3.8m 

Here, “Silent Hill” has been transliterated rather than translated for the Russian market, perhaps because it is more common to transliterate place names. Had it been translated, the movie title might have been something like “Бесшумная гора” or “Тихая гора.” Interestingly, the distributors also chose to drop “Revelation” (Откровение) from the title—perhaps because anytime art combines something that might be considered Biblical with something that might be considered evil, commercial, or heretical, protests tend to ensue in Russia.

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.

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