Country Focus: Sweden
More admissions – for local and European films – in Swedish cinemas 2012
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- In 2012 Swedish films controlled 22% of the theatrical market, an increase from 20% in 2011; European fare was up from 15%, to 18%, while American movies fell to 60% from 65%. And the cinemas registered 18,358 million admissions, 12% more than the previous year – and the best annual result since the 1989 (18,431 million), according to statistics published by the Swedish Film Institute.
Eight of the 25 most popular films were Swedish, spearhead by Danish director Kathrine Windfeld’s Hamilton - In the Interest of the Nation [+see also:
film profile] (photo), where Sweden’s most famous secret agent Carl Hamilton returned, now as Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt.
Selling 512,661 tickets qualified to a No 7 position on the 2012 charts, which was topped by Hamilton’s UK colleagues, Agent 007-James Bond’s actions in UK director Sam Mendes’ Skyfall [+see also:
film profile], which took 1,045,219 admissions, followed by New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (833,145 adms) and UK director Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises [+see also:
film profile] (717,958 admissions).
The institute’s statistics also reflected the growing audience interest in local documentaries: Kristina Lindström-Maud Nycander’s Palme [+see also:
film profile] was the best-attended Swedish doc in almost 25 years and headed the Top 10 list with Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man [+see also:
film profile] and Sara Broos’ For You Naked. (Earlier this week – January 26 – Searching for Sugar Man was named Best Documentary 2012 by the US Producers Guild).
2012 Top Five Swedish Releases
1. Hamilton - In the Interest of the Nation - Kathrine Windfeld - 512,661 admissions
2. Once Upon a Time In Phuket - Staffan Lindberg - 395,264 admissions
3. Quick Money II - Babak Najafi – 323,475 admissions
4. Cockpit - Mårten Klingberg - 272,600 admissions
5. The Hypnotist - Lasse Hallström - 266,087 admissions