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Russian Films

Russia's Top Five Movies
For March, 2015

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 calendar month.


1.  «Золушка» - Cinderella - $8.6m  


2.  «Фокус» - Focus - $8.4m     

Interestingly, the while the title can directly translate to a transliterated form of the English word and still mean "focus" - in Russia in picks up the additional connotation of "trick."


3. «Духless 2» - Dukhless or Soulless 2 (Rus) - $7.5m  

This is the loosely-related sequel to Soulless 1 (released in October 2012). In this movie, the main character, Max has left everything he once held dear – his social life, a successful career, a luxurious penthouse, - and is starting life with a clean slate far away from Moscow, surfing the waters of Bali. However, a business proposal he is not able to refuse pulls him back into the dangerous life of the big city, corruption, deadly risks, and his old love.  


4. «Робот по имени Чаппи » - Chappie - $6.7m

While in the English, the film is simply known as "Chappie," the Russian distributors clarify the title by adding to it, making it A Robot by the Name of Chappie.


5.  «Дом» - Home - $5.3m 

A direct translation.


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