The 100-Year-Old Man made all the difference
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Felix Herngren’s adventure comedy sold 1.1 million tickets in Sweden and helped domestic cinema to reach a 25.1% local market share in 2014 – the highest since 2009
Strongly assisted by The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [+see also:
film profile] – Swedish director Felix Herngren’s adventure comedy, which took 1.1 million admissions – Swedish films controlled 25.1% of the local cinema market last year, the highest share since 2009.
Also scripted by Herngren, the Robert Gustafsson starrer was launched during Christmas 2013 and recorded a total of 1.6 million admissions, according to statistics from the Swedish Film Institute.
Otherwise, the strong Swedish performers were films for children and young audiences – six of the ten highest-grossing local releases were in that category, according to Johan Fröberg, head of strategic intelligence and statistics at the Swedish Film Institute.
In 2014, Swedish theatres sold 16.3 million tickets – down 2% on 2013 – and recorded €171 million gross box-office receipts, which was 0.5% more than the previous year, but still 7% less than in 2012, from the release of 247 full-length pictures (as against 246 in 2014).
American films controlled 58.2% of the market, down 6% – mainly because the number two in the charts, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, was this year considered to be a New Zealand title, while earlier instalments in the franchise were attributed to the US.
Sweden: Top ten films of 2014
1 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Sweden), dir: Felix Herngren, prod: Nice FLX Pictures. 1,143,578 admissions
2 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (New Zealand), dir: Peter Jackson. 729,143 admissions
3 Frozen (US), dirs: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. 670,454 admissions
4 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (US), dir: Francis Lawrence. 670,454 admissions
5 How to Train Your Dragon 2 (US), dir: Dean DeBlois. 386,725 admissions
6 Interstellar [+see also:
film profile] (US), dir: Christopher Nolan. 355,298 admissions
7 Bamse and the City of Thieves (Sweden), dir: Christian Ryltenius. 321,664 admissions
8 Guardians of the Galaxy (US), dir: James Gunn. 312,952 admissions
9 The Anderssons Rock the Mountains (Sweden), dir: Gustaf Åkerblom. 308,388 admissions
10 The Wolf of Wall Street (US), dir: Martin Scorsese. 295,078 admissions