THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER gives the Finnish box office a boost in 2017

The Finnish World War II drama The Unknown Soldier has given the Finnish box office a huge boost in 2017, becoming the biggest hit of 2017.

The film, which is based on a novel by Väino Linna, was three times more successful than the number two film Star Wars: The Last Jedi and contributed to a 3.4% surge in admissions.

In total, The Unknown Soldier sold 923,922 tickets and is the sixth biggest Finnish film of all time, the number one spot held by Edvin Laine’s own film version of the book, which was released in 1955 and watched by over 2.8 million people.

The other Finnish films had made the top ten in the box office include the comedy Lapland Odyssey 3 and the children’s film Jill, Joy & the Mysterious Stranger.

The most popular Nordic feature film was the Swedish comedy Solsidan: The Movie, which sold 43,717 tickets in 2017.

To see the Finnish 2017 Admissions Charts click here.

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.

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