Admissions Denmark, Norway First Six Months 2014

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared

Cinema attendance offered contrasted results during the first half of 2014 as Danish films fell 9% while Norway climbed by a record 83.2%. A noticeable element in the countries’ respective Top charts is the presence of Monica Z (Waltz for Monica), number nine in Denmark and The 100 year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared, number six in Norway.

Denmark: Theatrical reality check after strong 2013
Foreign and domestic films have had a tough ride in Danish cinemas the first six months of 2014, as total admissions have fallen by 15% to 5.6 million compared to the same period last year, one of the lowest levels in the last five years according to figures published by the Danish Film Institute. While US films seem to have stabilised after several years of downfall, Danish films have had the lowest results since 2010 with a 25% market share for 1,435,455 admissions, against a 34% share and 2,195,460 admissions the same period in 2013.

Nevertheless, three Danish films were still in the Top 10, with the comedy The Reunion 2 -The Funeral taking the top of the charts, ahead of Frost. Other Danish hits were the latest Father of Four film franchise, third biggest film so far and Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love at number eight, followed by the Swedish biopic Monica Z directed by the Dane Per Fly.

Top 10 Denmark first Six Months 2014, source FAFID

FILMS Admissions
The Reunion 2-The Funeral (DK)604,364
Frost (US)292,862
Far til fire-Onkel Sofus vender tilbage (DK)                        285,786
The Wolf of Wall Street (US)246,373
Lego-The Movie (US)216,539
12 Years a Slave (US)198,546
Rio 2 (US)172,217
Someone You Love (DK)165,293
Monica Z (SE)159,415
X-Men Days of Future Past (US)153,405

Norwegian films in five year high
Once more, kids fare have boosted cinema attendance in Norway and Doctor Proctor’s farting experiment in Arild Fröhlich’s film propelled admissions for local films to 1,061,985, up 83.2% from the same period in 2013. The 20.9% market share is the highest in the last five years and the fourth best in the last decade.

If Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder took the top of the charts in the first half of 2014, the children’s film for under-7 year old – Casper & Emma’s Winter Vacation – was the fourth most popular cinema choice.

Another pleasant surprise in the Top 10 Norway is the sixth place for the Swedish comedy The 100 year-old Man  Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared that beat US blockbusters such as The Lego Movie and X-Men.

Total admissions in Norway were up 1.7% to 5,080,756.

Top 10 Norway First Six Months 2014, source Film & Kino

FILMS Admissions
Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (NO)368,832
Frost (US)288,527
The Wolf of Wall Street (US)225,681
Casper & Emma’s Winter Vacation (NO)210,516
Rio 2201,716
The 100 year-old Man Who Climbed out the Window
and Disappeared (SE) 
The Lego Movie (US)153,736
X-Men: Days of Future Past132,814
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (US)132,658
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (US)127,547

We will publish the cinema admission results Finland, Iceland, Sweden for the first six months of the year next Friday August 22. 

via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.