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Russia's Top Ten Movies
For the Year of 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 still capable of occasionally putting out a film that can 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, additional commentary taken from the Russian Modern Film page of our Library.

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 year of 2013. Note that Russian films are finally starting to fare a bit better in their home markets. After several years of having perhaps one Russian-produced film in the top ten, Russia can boast three locally-produced films in the lineup this year.


1. «Сталинград» - Stalingrad (Rus) - $51.8m

Stalingrad is a Russian war drama film directed by prominent Russian film director and actor Fedor Bondarchuk. This is the first Russian movie completely produced with 3D technology and the first non-American film produced using the IMAX format. It was submitted as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. The film is a dramatic love story against the backdrop of grandiose war battle. In 1942 during the Fascist occupation five Soviet soldiers have taken up residence in a home on the shore of the Volga River. A young woman Katya, not wanting to abandon the front-line, also lives there. Now the intelligence officers need to not only deal with the approaching Germans, but also protect young Katya from danger. In the course of this the soldiers quickly fall in love with her.


2.  «Железный человек 3» - Iron Man 3 - $44.5m

Iron Man was the undisputed hero of Russian movie theatres in May 2013, at least in terms of box office take.


3. «Хоббит: Пустошь Смауга» -  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - $41.7m

Despite a late release in December, the new Hobbit movie did incredibly well in 2013, quickly grossing millions of dolars. Note that the Russian version of the title translates directly to "The Wasteland of Smaug."


4. «Тор 2: Царство Тьмы» - Thor 2: The Dark World - $35.5m

While Russia does not have a well-developed tradition of creating its own superheroes, American superhero films nearly always do well in Russia. Here, it has been given a Russian twist in the translation of its subtitle – "The Dark World" (Темный Мир), has become The Tsardom of Darkness (Царство Тьмы). This shift in terminology gives the title a bit more "Russianness" – but there is also a more technical aspect behind the translation decision. "Темный Мир" is the title of a 2010 Russian-produced fantasy film, which this year has a sequel – "Темный Мир: Равновесие" playing at the same time as Thor 2. 


5.  «Гадкий Я 2» - Despicable Me 2 - $34.9m

"Гадкий" in Russian usually means "naughty," "vile," or "mean."


6.  «Форсаж 6»Fast and Furious 6 - $34.3m

The Russian title translates to "afterburn" - a method of suddenly boosting the power of a motor and thus pushing up the speed of the vehicle. It is a more technical phrase, but does capture the meaning of the original title (and in a manner that is perhaps more elegant than the original).


7.  «Ёлки 3» -  Christmas Trees 3 -$31.9m

A sequel to the popular film “Elki” (2010) and "Elki 2" (2011), this film continues the theme of New Years’ magic and romantic and comic adventures. It consists of several individual stories taking places in different cities across Russia which involve some of the characters of the original film.


8.  «Холодное сердце» -  Frozen -$30.7m

Disney's latest smash hit was released as "Cold Heart" in Russia - and has done remarkably well in 2013 despite being released only in December of that year.


9. «Жизнь Пи» - Life of Pi - $30.2m

"Жизнь Пи" is a straightforward translation of the title of this popular movie. However, you'll notice that since "Пи" does not have a regular male, female, or neuter ending - the name never declines in Russian grammar.


10.  «Легенда № 17» (Rus)Legend #17 - $29.5m

Legend #17 tells the story of hockey player Valery Kharlamov, a hero of the epic USSR-Canada game played on September 2, 1972. This match was seen as a battle for the honor of the Motherland and its position in international hockey.


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