Country Focus: Norway
Norwegian admissions down 4% in 2013, saved by strong end of year releases
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Norwegian cinema admissions last year will exceed 11.7 million – a 4% decrease when compared to 2012, but close to the average of the last 10 years, according to the Norwegian cinema association, Film & Kino. The local market share is estimated at 23%, that is 29% better than the previous year.
As of December 26, 2013, total attendance amounted to 11,420,772 admissions (including 2,624,037 for local titles). The result is partly due to strong releases towards the end of the year – December was the strongest month since 1999 (when Film & Kino started to store statistics electronically).
“It was indeed a strong finish - the three top films were all released during the last two months, confirming that audiences flock to the theatres when the right titles are coming,” said head of communications Birgitte Langballe, of Film & Kino.
Two domestic productions, Rasmus A Sivertsen’s fully-animated Solan and Ludvig: Christmas in Pinchcliffe [+see also:
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film profile] and Mikkel Brænne Sandemose’s Ragnarok [+see also:
film profile] were among the 10 most viewed films in 2013 and accounted for 32% of total admissions – otherwise the charts are dominated by US fare.
Top Five Films 2013:
1 Solan and Ludvig: Christmas in Pinchcliffe (Norway). 822,470 admissions.
2 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (US). 397,491 adms.
3 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (US). 317,309 adms.
4 Iron Man 3 (US). 292,340 adms.
5 Fast & Furious 6 (US). 273,485 adms.
Top Five Norwegian Films 2013:
1 Solan and Ludvig: Christmas in Pinchcliffe by Rasmus A Sivertsen. 822,470 admissions.
2 Ragnarok by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose. 250,570 adms.
4 Granny & The Kids by Lisa Maria Gamlem. 187,970 adms.
SF Kino, the Norwegian cinema circuit controlled by Swedish major, Svensk Filmindistri, also registered a 4% decrease in admissions in 2013. The six cinemas sold 919,222 tickets versus 958,014 in the previous year.