Norwegian admissions up 14.1%


During the first three month of 2014, Norwegian cinemas sold 3,116,987 tickets – thanks to Norwegian children’s movies

After little more than two weeks in release, Norwegian director Arild Fröhlich’s children’s film, Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder (Doktor Proktors prompepulver), has taken 265,691 admissions, to become this year’s most popular movie.

Followed by Arne Lindtner Næss’ Carsten and Emma’s Winter Vacation (Karsten og Petra på vinterferie – 206,820 adms) and Katarina Launing’s Cool Kids Don’t Cry (Kule kidz gråter ikke – 100,272), it was one of the reasons for the 14.1% increase of Norwegian cinema admissions during the first three months of 2014.

Strong start With children leading the way

-The film year has had a strong start, and children’s movies – especially the Norwegian – has led the way. Even the American kidpic Frozen – No 1 on the charts – have Norwegian inspirations,  said head of communications Birgitte Langballe, of Norwegian cinema association Film & Kino.

Between 1 January-31 March, Norwegian theatres sold 3,116,987 tickets – 14.1% up on the same period in 2013, and the best result since 2009. 831,218 were for local productions and a domestic market share of 26.7% (adding 12.3% from last year).

Doctor Proctor second

So far US directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s fully-animated Frozen is No 1 on the 2013 Top 10 Films, from 284,167 admissions, with Doctor Proctor second. No 3 is for adults, US director Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, with Carsten and Emma straight after.

via the Norwegian Film Institute

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.