Magazine article Screen International

Kon-Tiki Scores Record Opening Weekend Admissions in Norway

Magazine article Screen International

Kon-Tiki Scores Record Opening Weekend Admissions in Norway

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Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning's action-adventure Kon-Tiki - Norway's most expensive feature so far, shot on a $15.7m (NOK 93m) budget - took a record number of 164,191 admissions during its opening weekend on 185 screens at all theatres in Norway.

"The film is very close to us - we are happy to see it apparently found its audience," the directors said.Kon-Tiki unspooled on Thursday (Aug 23) at a royal command performance in Oslo's Norwegian National Opera & Ballet attended by King Harald V and Queen Sonja - the first film screening ever in the auditorium seating 1,364. The directors and lead actors - Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Tobias Sandelmann, Jakob Oftebro, Agnes Kittelsen - arrived on the wooden raft used in the film.The real Kon-Tiki left South America for the Polynesian Islands on Apr 28, 1947, with Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and five fellow scientists; the 8,000-kilometre journey took 101 days and was filmed by Heyerdal himself for a documentary, which won an Oscar in 1952. …

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