‘We’re Number One!’ says Nordic Films

Nordic films are enjoying an excellent start of the fall season on domestic screens. with one local production dominating the top charts in Denmark, Finland and Norway, respectively Niels Arden Oplev’s Speed Racing (Kapgang), Dome Karukoski’s The Grump and Hallvard Bræin’s Børning. In Sweden four local films are in the top 10 and in Iceland Paris of the North is number 2.

In Denmark Speed Racing stayed number 1 in its second weekend, despite screen competition from UIP’s new openers Boyhood (number 4), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (number 2) Disney’s Planes 2 (number 3). Oplev’s drama reached similar opening numbers (65,453) to his previous Danish films We Shall Overcome (76,877) andWorlds Apart (60,873) that each ended up with 407,850 and 312,190 admissions respectively. Phie Ambo’s documentary Good Things Await featuring the most idealist farmer in Denmark, struck a chord with local audiences, selling nearly 5,000 tickets from 22 screens in its first week for DoxBio, making it the most successful documentary in cinemas this year.

In Finland Dome Karukoski who has a strong national follow up renewed his success with his comedy drama The Grump that went straight to number 1 last weekend, selling 32,942 tickets from 120 screens for Nordisk Film. Another Finnish film is enjoying a good screen run: the female-oriented Summertime that took the sixth place at the top 10. Total admissions after six weeks have passed 115,742 for Nordisk Film.

In Iceland Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson’s Karlovy Vary competition entry Paris of the North opened at number 2 after Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film has sold nearly 3,000 tickets for Sena. Meanwhile this year’s top grossing film, Baldvin Z’s Life in a Fishbowl has reached 46,102 admissions and is playing at number 14 after 17 weeks on screens.

In Norway the first Norwegian car racing moving Børning is still number 1 after four weeks on screens and should continue to cruise at the top of charts, looking at its 195 admission per screen average. So far more 308,107 Norwegians have watched the Filmkameratene’s latest offering released by SF Norge and the film is already the second most successful film of the year in Norway after Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder.
Another local film under SF’s banner – Beatles adapted from Lars Saabye Christensen’s best-selling novel slid slightly from number 3 to 4 in its second weekend. Total admissions are 42,481 from 122 screens.

In Sweden Colin Nutley’s latest comedy Medicine starring the director’s muse Helena Bergström took the third place at the Top 10 in its third weekend on screens. Total admissions are 85,030 from 134 screens for SF.

The Nordic Council Film Prize nominee Force Majeure/Turist is enjoying a good screen run for arthouse specialist TriArt and has sold nearly 80,000 tickets from 902 screens after four weeks. The independent label is also doing well with the documentary Tusen Bitar (A Thousand Pieces) by Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg, focusing on the popular Swedish songwriter/singer Björn Afzelius. The biopic opened at number 7 and sold 8,561 tickets from 81 screens. The Swedish/Norwegian co-production opened simultaneously in Norway last weekend via Storytelling Media, selling 2,358 tickets.

The children’s musical film Annabell Olsson’s Spectacularities (Krakel Spektakel) based on the popular children’s novel by Lennart Hellsing opened at number 9 for SF, selling 3,884 tickets from 122 screens.

Sources: FAFID, SMAIS, Filmikamari, Norkse Filmbyråers Forening, Filmägarnas Kontrollbyrå. 


via the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

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.