Country Focus: Denmark
Five local films among the 2014 ten top grossers in Denmark
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- In 2014, Danish films recorded 3.3 million admissions (as against 4.1 million in 2013) to control 26.5% (30% in 2013) of the market, with five titles among the top-ten chartbusters, including number one and number two: Mikkel Nørgaard’s The Absent One [+see also:
film profile] and Mikkel Serup’s The Reunion 2 – The Funeral [+see also:
Although total ticket sales dropped to 12.3 million, down from 13.5 million the previous year, the chairman of trade association Danish Cinemas, Kim Pedersen, classified 2014 as “a good average year” and fixed his sights on “all the records in 2015”.
He had strong expectations for a series of US blockbusters that have had their Danish premieres delayed, such as James Wan’s Furious 7, Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, and Kyle Balda and Pierre Coffin’s Minions.
“But also, this year’s five most popular films – both the two local and the three 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. They all performed better than their prequels, and this is likely to continue,” Pedersen explained.
Denmark: Top ten films of 2014
1 The Absent One (Denmark), dir: Mikkel Nørgaard, prod: Zentropa Entertainments. 764,002 admissions
2 The Reunion 2 – The Funeral (Denmark), dir: Mikkel Serup, prod: Nordisk Film Production. 604,285 admissions
3 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (US), dir: Peter Jackson. 485,425 admissions
4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (US), dir: Francis Lawrence. 310,076 admissions
5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (US), dir: Dean DeBlois. 306,049 admissions
6 Frozen (US), dirs: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee. 302,168 admissions
7 Father of Four [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark), dir: Giacomo Campeotto, prod: ASA Film Production. 286,444 admissions
8 Speed Walking [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark), dir: Niels Arden Oplev, prod: Nordisk Film Production. 249,489 admissions
9 The Wolf of Wall Street (US), dir: Martin Scorsese. 246,373 admissions
10 Silent Heart [+see also:
film profile] (Denmark), dir: Bille August, prod: SF Film Production. 236,818 admissions