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Country Focus: Norway

Admissions up overall, but down for local films in Norway

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Admissions up overall, but down for local films in Norway

- Although during the first six months of 2015 Norwegian cinemas recorded 5.1 million admissions – 1.2% up from last year and the best result in five years – the local market share fell to 3.8%, the lowest for years (the exact number is unclear because these statistics were not digitised until 2001). In 2014, Norwegian productions controlled 24.4% of the market.

US titles, sitting at numbers 1 to 3 on the charts with Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Fifty Shades of Grey, James Wan’s Furious Seven/Fast and Furious 7 and Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, were the driving force behind the increased sales – there were no local features in the top ten.

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“However, Norwegian films will strike back in the second half of the year,” said Birgitte Langballe, head of communications at Norwegian cinema association Film & Kino. She added that there are strong expectations for the box-office performances of Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile
]
, Arne Lindtner NæssCasper and Emma on Safari [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Rasmus A Sivertsen and Rune SpaansTwo Buddies and a Badger [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Arild Fröhlich’s Doctor Proctor Bubble in the Bathtub [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Thale Persen’s The Christmas King – In Full Armor [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, and Rasmus A Sivertsen’s Solan and Ludvig – From Here to Pinchcliff [+see also:
trailer
interview: Rasmus A Sivertsen
film profile
]

The 13 local features released in the first six months of the year were led by the following titles: 

Norwegian top five, 1 January – 30 June 2015
1. Staying Alive [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Charlotte Blom
film profile
]
. Director: Charlotte Blom; producer: Maipo Film. 82,182 admissions
2. Women in Oversized Men’s Shirts [+see also:
trailer
interview: Yngvild Sve Flikke
film profile
]
. Director: Yngvild Sve Flikke. 12,472 admissions
3. Homesick [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Director: Anne Sewitsky; producer: Maipo Film. 8,911 admissions
4. Drone [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Director: Tonje Hessen Schei; producer: Flimmer Film
5. Casper & Emma’s Wonderful Christmas [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
. Director: Arne Lindtner Næss; producer: Cinenord Kidstory. 6,570 admissions

 

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