Magazine article Screen International

Scandinavian Box Office 2011: Norway Shows Largest Gains in Europe; Finland Slips as Local Films Lose Market Share

Magazine article Screen International

Scandinavian Box Office 2011: Norway Shows Largest Gains in Europe; Finland Slips as Local Films Lose Market Share

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While Norwegian cinemas last year delivered the largest growth of the theatrical market in Europe, with admissions 5.7% up on 2010, and Swedish attendance went up by 3.7%, both Denmark and Finland registered a decline in ticket sales by 3% and 6.6%, respectively, according to 2011 statistics published by national film bodies.

Swedish cinema admissions totalled 16.4 million, with Swedish productions controlling 19.8% of the market. While attendance was 3.7% up on 2010, domestic market share was slightly down (from 20.8%). Five Swedish titles sold more than 250,000 tickets, three of them on the list of Top Ten Films: Kjell Sundvall's The Hunters 2 (Jägarna 2/No 4), Colin Nutley's House of Angels - Third Time Lucky (Änglagård - tredje gången gillt/No 6), Lena Koppel's The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes (Hur många lingon finns det i världen/No 10). Still Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ruled, pulling in an 869,490 audience, according to the Swedish Film Institute's yearly statement.

In Denmark Danish director Martin Zandvliet's A Funny Man (Dirch) [pictured] and four local comedies on the list of Top Ten films boosted domestic market share from 22% to 28%, contributing to the total result of 13 million admissions, against 12.6 million the previous year (3% down). A 2010 release, Mikkel Nørgaard's Clown - The Movie (Klovn - The Movie) placed No 7 to reach 855,000 and become the most popular Danish movie in 20 years. The biopic of Danish comedian Dirch Passer, A Funny Man was only exceeded on the charts by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (663,000) in the preliminary statistics released by the Danish Distributors' Association (FAFID). …

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