Country Focus: Finland
Finnish films control 23% of an all-digitised cinema market
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The digitisation of Finnish cinemas was completed last year – not one title was released on 35 mm – and for the first time in 30 years, 200 films were in distribution, taking 7.7 million admissions, the third best result of the century.
According to statistics published by the Finnish Film Foundation, four domestic features entered the list of top ten films, including, at number one, Johanna Vuoksenmaa’s 21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage [+see also:
film profile], which sold 403,045 tickets. The local market share reached 23%.
Finnish fare was also popular internationally: festival screenings of Finnish films have increased by 48% over the last five years – in 2013, Finland was represented at more than 500 international showcases and collected a total of 48 prizes. Finnish films were released in 20 territories.
The top ten films in Finland in 2013:
1. 21 Ways to Ruin a Marriage (FI); dir: Johanna Vuoksenmaa. 403,045 admissions
2. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (US); dir: Peter Jackson. 355,693 admissions
3. Despicable Me 2 (US); dirs: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud. 258,215 admissions
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (US); dir: Francis Lawrence. 206,349 admissions
5. Rolli and the Golden Key [+see also:
film profile] (FI); dir: Taavi Vartia. 204,459 admissions
6. Heart of a Lion [+see also:
film profile] (FI); dir: Dome Karukoski. 198,817 admissions
7. The Year of ‘85 – Rock Your Memories (FI); dirs: Timo Koivusalo, Riku Suokas. 159,707 admissions
8. Planes (US); dir: Klay Hall. 157,829 admissions
9. Monsters University (US); dir: Dan Scanlon. 146,164 admissions
10. Iron Man 3 (US); dir: Shane Black. 141,365 admissions