Strong start to Nordic box office in 2016

The Nordic box office has had a strong start to 2016, with The CommuneTale of a Lake and A Man Called Ove all doing well in their respective countries.

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune received 61,047 admissions for its opening weekend, taking it straight to number one in Denmark. This is the second best opening for a Vinterberg film since The Hunt, which was released in 2012.

In Finland, the documentary film Tale of a Lake opened at number three (being beaten by The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The documentary, which is made by Matila Röhr Productions, is a follow up from their 2013 best selling documentary Tale of a Forest. According to Nordisk Film, the nature documentary more than tripled the opening result of Tale of a Forest, which had an opening weekend of 5,430 admissions and ended up with 80,000 admissions overall.

Meanwhile, Swedish film A Man Called Ove has now sold 1,092,864 tickets in Sweden after being released a month ago. The film has also sold 97,457 tickets in Norway and 15,330 in Finland.

Data: 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.