THE SQUARE is likely to become the highest-grossing Scandinavian film of 2017

Ruben Östlund’s The Square [+] has been on a roll since winning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or. Now, the film is set to become the highest grossing Scandinavian film of 2017, according to Screen.

The film, which recently opened in the US, had an opening weekend per-screen average of $19,000 USD, and its tally as of the 5th of November was $228,446. To compare, Force Majeure [+] had an average opening weekend figure of $11,655 and went on to make a total of $1.4 million.

Upon opening in the Netherlands on the 9th of November, the film ranked number one in per-screen average. The Square also has the highest per-screen averages in the US and Germany, and the second-highest in France.

The numbers are especially impressive because the film has its theatrical challenges – including dialogue in Swedish and Danish and a running time of 142 minutes.

The film leads the nominations for the European Film Awards with five nods: best film, best director, best screenplay, best actor and best comedy

The film is also Sweden’s candidate for the foreign-language Oscar race; a nomination or win could help the film’s performance in the US and internationally. It is also nominated for a BIFA for Best International Independent Film.


Read the full report over at Screen. 

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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.