Russia’s Top Movies: September 2013

Published: September 30, 2013

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. РиддикRiddick—$9.9m

A direct transliteration of the main character’s name serves as the title of this film in Russian.


2.  Одноклассники 2Grown Ups 2—$5.5m (in September; total $ 9.5m)

Note the translation change—to the name of Russia’s most popular social networking site… “Одноклассники” means “Classmates.”



3. МалавитаMalavita—$5.3m

This film was released as “The Family” in America. In many other parts of the world, it was released under the title of the book on which it is based: “Malavita.” “Malavita” is an Italian world internationally associated with the mafia. It means “the underworld.”


4. Гадкий Я 2Despicable Me 2—$5.3m (in September; total $34.1m)

“Гадкий” in Russian usually means “naughty,” “vile,” or “mean.”


5.  Джобс. Империя соблазнаJobs$5.2m

This film was released in some areas with a subtitle: “The Empire of Temptation.” The Russian name of the film bears a literal translation of that official subtitle.


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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