Magazine article Screen International

Danish Box Office Records 30-Year High

Magazine article Screen International

Danish Box Office Records 30-Year High

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Strong performances by The Hobbit, Skyfall and domestic productions generated more than 14 million admissions in Denmark in 2012.

The year ended with a boost from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which was released on Dec 12 and sold 423,000 tickets in 16 days.

It helped Danish cinemas total 14.2 million admissions for the year - the country's highest figures since 1982.

James Bond's latest mission, Skyfall, also contributed to the record figure.

Sune Lind Thomsen, head of distribution at SF Film (which also released The Hobbit), said: "We wanted to beat the legendary record for a James Bond movie set by Octopussy, which reached an audience of 707,000 in 1983, and become the best 2012 performer in the Danish theatres. Exceeding 900,000 admissions, we succeeded in both."

Michael Fleischer, chairman of the Danish Distributors' Association (FAFID), highlighted two local crowd-pleasers: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis's This Life, from Regner Grasten Film, and Susanne Bier's Love Is All You Need, from Zentropa Entertainments.

In total, the 21 Danish productions released in 2012 drew 3. …

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