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Norwegian cinema suffers locally in 2017

A report on the Norwegian cinema admission statistics from 2017 has been released by the Nordisk Film og TV Fond, and it highlights that Norwegian cinema admissions fell in 2017.

In total, the market share for local films dropped from 23.9% in 2016 to 18% in 2017.

The reason for the drop is likely due to the lack of blockbusters. In the last two years, we’ve had mega Norwegian films like The King’s Choice (714,000 admissions in 2016) and The Wave (833,000 admissions in 2015). There was no such ‘big’ film for Norway in 2017, possibly explaining the drop in admissions.

The biggest Norwegian film of the year was the family movie The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King with 354,034 admissions. Family films are generally always the favourites at the box office, with other kids films In the Forest of the Huckybucky, Twigson the Explorer and Casper and Emma Go Hiking performing well.

The second best film of the year was the World War II drama The 12th Man, getting 370,000 admissions, an incredible feat considering it was released on Christmas Day. The 12th Man will likely be the biggest film of 2018 in Norway. Iram Haq’s What Will People Say had 107,908 admissions, which is fairly surprising considering it’s more of a festival film.

To see Norwegian Admissions 2017 chart click here.

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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.