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.


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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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