The Nordic box office results of 2016

ScreenDaily has published a detailed article about the highest-selling films in the Nordic region this year. Nordic audiences have continued their tradition of championing local films, and overall the admissions held steady.


Starting with Denmark, the highest selling film of the year was Hans Petter Moland‘s A Conspiracy of Faith, which broke a fifteen-year record at the Danish box office. However, for other Danish films, it has not been as positive. Danish films are expected to have a market share of around 21% at year’s end, down from 30% in 2015 (where we saw Klown Forever and Men and Chicken among Danish films)


In Finland, local films have the second-best market share since 1970. They will settle around 29.8%, just short of last year’s record of 29.9% (so close!)

The best selling film of the year was The Angry Birds Movie which, although released by Sony, was based on intellectual property from the Helsinki company Rovio. Kids movie Ricky Rapper came in second, and Tale of a Lake missed the top ten but still did remarkably well for a documentary. The sequel to the Finnish hit The Reunion (a remake of the Danish film with the same name) came in fourth.


Baltasar Kormakur dominated Icelandic film again this year (last year it was Everest) with his thriller The Oath, which premiered at Toronto. He also starred in the film as a father trying to save his daughter from a drug-dealing boyfriend. The Oath has had 42,000 admissions (impressive for a country of 320,000 people). Sadly, no other Icelandic films managed to make the top ten. Festival favourite Heartstone is due to premiere in the next month, so it’ll be interesting to see how it does.



Norway has had an impressive year for local films. As of December, 2.8 million people have watched local films at the cinemas, which is an increase of 31% from 2015. This is even more impressive considering last year The Wave did ridiculously well in the country.

Erik Poppe’s Oscar submission The King’s Choice leads the chart, earning a huge $8.6m and counting. Local car-racing sequel, rning 2: On Ice, was a distant second on $5.3m, and the third local title to break into the top 10 is historical epic The Last King, on $3.25m.

Margreth Olin’s Doing Good achieved Norway’s best-ever cinema opening for a documentary, with 170,000 admissions on its opening weekend back in January.


Last but not least, Sweden has had a good year with A Man Called Ove, which became the fifth most successful local film at the box office, with around 1.7 million admissions.

Sadly that’s the only Swedish film to do really well. However, on Christmas, we are going to see the release of the sequel The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out On The Bill And Disappeared (the 2013 release of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared earned a whopping $23m in Sweden alone). Hopefully, things will improve for the country, and next year we’ll see more Swedish dramas in the top ten.


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.