The Lion Woman struggles in opening weekend

The very much anticipated The Lion Woman opened in Norwegian cinemas over the weekend to fairly mediocre results.

The film opened to around 10,000 tickets in its opening weekend, which means, according to Ulrik Eriksen, means that the film will gather around 50,000 – 60,000 tickets overall.

To compare, another Hollywood-style film The Last King, which premiered in February, had 270,000 admissions.


There has been a lot of hype around The Lion Woman. The novel was a bestseller both in Norway and abroad, and the films producer has a portfolio that includes three million tickets sold over ten films in the last decade. One of the reasons for the films lacking success could be the mediocre reviews it received from the Norwegian International Film Festival (which it opened). Most critics gave it a three or four out of six.

With a budget over over 50 million NOK (or around 8 million USD), this must be a huge disappointment.


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.