The Norwegian Film Institute has published an article online that contains some very nice news: Norwegian films have had a record year locally.
In local cinemas, Norwegian films are reaching three million cinema admissions or around 25% of the market share, which then Culture Minister Trond Giske said should be the future aim (back in 2007).
The best-selling film of the year was Erik Poppe‘s The King’s Choice (original title: Kongens nei) with more than 700,000 tickets sold. The King’s Choice is so wonderful that we gave it five stars, and it has been shortlisted for the Academy Awards Foreign Film submission. The King’s Choice is a historical epic that takes place in the days surrounding the Second World War. The film has been loved locally; at a special screening in Toronto Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit were in attendance.
The second biggest selling film of the year was the kids Christmas movie Santa Swap: Merry Christmas Mr Andersen (original title: Snekker Andersen og julenissen), with almost 450,000 tickets. This was followed closely by Hallvard Braein’s Børning 2: On Ice with 435,000 tickets. All three films stars Anders Baasmo Christiansen, who we interviewed twice this year: first for Welcome to Norway! and second for The King’s Choice.
Other contributors include Nils Gaup’s The Last King (original title: Birkebeinerne) with 270,000 admissions, Margreth Olin’s Doing Good (original title: Mannen fra Snåsa) with 168,000 admissions and Peder Hamdahl Næss’ Little Grey Fergie Saves the Farm (original title: Gråtass – gøy på landet) with 90,000 admissions.
Lastly, The most recent sales statistics of Norwegian features (for 2014) shows a record turnover of €7.9 million (NOK 69.2 million) – up 21% on 2012