THE KING’S CHOICE is the most watched movie in Norway this year

The new film from Erik Poppe, The King’s Choice, premiered 2.5 weeks ago and has already become the most watched movie in Norway this year.

A total of 423,433 people have seen the film, which follows the true story about the days surrounding the occupation of Norway in World War II. The King of Norway, Haakon, is given an ultimatum: surrender or death. With German planes and soldiers in the country, the royal family flee.

There is already talk of The King’s Choice becoming the most-watched Norwegian film of all time, a title which is currently held by another World War II film, Max Manus: Man of War.

The King’s Choice stars Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Tuva Novotny and is Norway’s choice for the Oscars.

An interview with Erik Poppe, Jesper Christensen and Anders Baasmo Christiansen will be available in the next Cinema Scandinavia magazine, due for release on the 26th of October.

Here’s a tally:

1) Kon-Tiki. 165,222 admissions in opening weekend and 889,305 in total

2) Solan and Ludvig: Christmas in Flåklypa. 138,854 admissions in opening weekend and 892,010 in total

3) The Wave. 136,289 admissions in opening weekend and 833,265 in total

4) Max Manus. 134,842 admissions in opening weekend and 1,165,690 in total

5) The King’s Choice. 114,000 admissions in opening weekend, 423,433 so far


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.