Denmark, Finland, Norway Reveal 2014 Top 10s

By Jensen, Jorn Rossing | Screen International, January 7, 2015 | Go to article overview

Denmark, Finland, Norway Reveal 2014 Top 10s


Jensen, Jorn Rossing, Screen International


Top local cinema performances last year in Denmark, Finland and Norway.

Danish films registered 3.3 million admissions - down from 4.1 million in 2013 - to control 26.5% of the domestic market in 2014.

Five titles in Denmark's top 10 were local productions, including the first and second highest ranked features: Mikkel Nørgaard's The Absent One (Fasandræberne) and Mikkel Serup's The Reunion 2 - The Funeral (Klassefesten 2 - Begravelsen).

Although total ticket sales were down from 13.5m in 2013 to 12.3m year-on-year, 2014 was classified as "a good average year, still with some growth in attendance" by Danish Cinemas trade association chairman Kim Pedersen, classified

"The five most popular films, taking in foreign releases The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and How to Train Your Dragon 2, were all parts of franchises, and they all performed better than their prequels," said Pedersen.

As a result, new multiplexes are under construction in Ørestaden, Frederikssund, Aalborg, Køge and Herlev, and Cinemaxx has just added four screens to its Copenhagen circuit.

Last year, Nordisk and Zentropa launched eight and five features respectively to take 31.8% and 30% of admissions for local releases. "If we count ASA Film's Father of Four series, which Nordisk is also strongly involved in, the total figure will exceed 70%," Pedersen concluded.

He expected 2015 to become a record-breaking year, mainly due to US blockbusters that had their premieres delayed - Furious 7, The Good Dinosaur, Fifty Shades of Grey, Tomorrowland, Jupiter Ascending and Minions.

DENMARK: TOP 10 FILMS 2014

1 The Absent One (DK/Fasandræberne). Dir: Mikkel Nørgaard. Prod: Zentropa Entertainments. 764,002 admissions

2 The Reunion 2 - The Funeral (DK/Klassefesten 2 - Begravelsen). Dir: Mikkel Serup. Prod: Nordisk Film Production. 604,285 adms

3 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (US). Dir: Peter Jackson. 485,425 adms

4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (US). Dir: Francis Lawrence. 310,076 adms

5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (US). Dir: Dean DeBlois. 306,049 adms

6 Frozen (US). Dirs: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. 302,168 adms

7 Father of Four (DK/Far til Fire - Onkel Sofus vender tilbage). Dir: Giacomo Campeotto. Prod: ASA Film Production. 286,444 admissions

8 Speed Walking (DK/Kapgang). Dir: Niels Arden Oplev. Prod: Nordisk Film Production. 249,489 adms

9 The Wolf of Wall Street (US). Dir: Martin Scorsese. 246,373 adms

10 Silent Heart (DK/Stille hjerte). Dir: Bille August. Prod: SF Film Production. 236,818 admsFinland

For the third time since the 1970 start of Finnish cinema statistics, local films sold more than 2 million tickets in 2014, to control 27% of the market.

Finnish director Dome Karukoski's The Grump was the frontrunner taking 458,637 admissions, beating blockbuster The Hobbit, per the annual statistics from the Finnish Film Chamber.

"It is a high benchmark for Finnish theatres - only four Finnish movies have reached it since 2000. But it was a good year for domestic films in general, with eight releases taking more than 100,000 admissions," said Kati Nuora, international communications officer at the Finnish Film Foundation.

Some 32 new Finnish features were launched during the year. …

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