Current Cinema Screenings: Nordic Films Dominate


The films currently showing during winter in the Nordic regions show a strong favour to Nordic films, in particular franchises. Local comedy and family franchises secured the number one spots in Denmark and Finland last weekend, ahead of the Lego movie, whereas Norwegians preferred Dead Snow 2 to Monuments Men and The One Hundred Year Old Man continues to dominate in Sweden. Here is a brief overview of current cinema trends in the Nordic region, as provided by Nordisk.

  • Denmark: Two local films released by Nordisk continue to be on the top of the charts for the second week in a row. The Reunion 2, the second film in the ‘buddy’ comedy franchise has made a successful comeback to screens three years after the first film, which sold over half a million tickets. Father of Four: The Return of Uncle Sofus, the seventh instalment by the popular Danish family series kept its number two position with admissions totalling nearly 200 000.
  • Finland: Another strong family franchise dominated. Ricky Rapper and Slick Leonard is the fourth installment in the series and sold an extra 35000 tickets.
  • Norway: Tommy Wirkola’s horror spoof Dead Snow 2 opened at number three after two foreign film, and has already sold nearly 40000 tickets. At the other end of the spectrum, Casper and Emma’s Christmas has sole over 160000 in four weeks.
  • Sweden: The local comedy The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared shows no sign of slowing down and in its ninth week ranked number four. It is currently playing on 203 screens and total admissions have passed a record 1.4 million.
  • Iceland: The sketch Gillz Life Skills starring celebrity ‘Gillz’ Egil Einarsson was pushed down from number one to number two by the Lego Movie in its second weekend. The film has sold nearly 9000 cinema tickets so far.

Furthermore, Nymphomaniac has had ‘satisfactory’ results (according to Nordisk Film) in Denmark, with 47000 admissions, but elsewhere figures were ‘modest’ – 6100 in Norway and Sweden after three weekends and 3600 in Finland after two weekends.


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.