Norwegian Cannonball Run leads local box office
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- After two weeks, Hallvard Bræin’s feature debut, Børning, is closing in on 300,000 admissions, while producer John M Jacobsen is preparing the sequel
Norwegian director Hallvard Bræin’s feature debut, Børning [+see also:
film profile], has got off to a flying start, reaching 136,451 admissions across 176 screens during its opening weekend – more than Morten Tyldum’s local blockbuster Headhunters [+see also:
film profile] (2011) or any instalment of the American The Fast and the Furious franchise.
“It was really a turbo opening,” said veteran Norwegian producer John M Jacobsen, who has already decided to get started on a sequel, after the film sold almost 300,000 tickets before its third weekend, which starts today.
“We hadn’t quite expected this, but when Bræin came up with the idea for the first Nordic car-racing film, I believed in it,” explained Jacobsen, who staged the €3.7 million production with Sveinung Golimo and Marcus Brodersen for his own company, Filmkameratene.
Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Sven Nordin, Jenny Skavlan and Henrik Mestad star in the 2014 Norwegian take on US director Hal Needham’s The Cannonball Run (1981). It is described as the longest, wildest and funniest car race ever, from Oslo to the North Cape, with only one rule: get there first.
There was already car racing in Norwegian director Ivo Caprino’s fully animated The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975), but it was not quite the same as it is in Linn-Jeanethe Kyed and Christopher Grøndahl’s story for Bræin, a cinematographer-turned-director with three documentaries to his name.
Baasmo Christiansen plays Roy, who is in his 30s and mad about cars. After having lost the “Street Legal” competition, he is challenged by his arch-rival TT (Trond Halbo) to an “illegal street race” to the North Cape. Jacobsen already has the draft for Børning 2, which he plans for Bræin to shoot during the winter of 2015-2016.