Last year Norwegian films registered 2,705,813 cinema admissions – the best result since 1975 – to control 24.4% of the market, close to the 2011 record of 24.5%. Total attendance reached 11.1 milion, down 6% from 2013.
Norwegian titles have been No 1 on the box office charts from early April till the 10 December release of New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which also became the year’s top grosser, selling 452,523 tickets (by 28 December).
It was followed by four Norwegian productions for children and youth audiences, including Hallvard Bræin’s Børning(381,648 admissions), Arild Frøhlich’s Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (Doktor Proktors prompepulver/377,778 adms), Lisa Marie Gamlem-John Andreas Andersen’s Captain Sabertooth and the Treasure of Lama Rama (Kaptein Sabeltann og skatten i Lama Rama/365,902 adms), and Arne Lindtner Næss’ Casper & Emma’s Christmas (Karsten og Petras vidunderlige jul/321,789 adms).
For the first time, during the whole year, at least one Norwegian feature has qualified for the list of Top 4 releases. The latest local production to enter the annual charts was Grethe Bøe-Waal’s Operation Arctic (Operasjon Arktis), which ended No 8, from 257,192 admissions.