Norwegian cinemas sold 12 million tickets in 2015 – the best result for ten years
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Nevertheless, local productions lost 9.1% of the market share, and 13 of the Norwegian films premiered sold fewer than 10,000 tickets
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug’s The Wave [+see also:
interview: Roar Uthaug
film profile] – Norway’s (and Scandinavia’s) first disaster movie – lured 832,649 local audience members into theatres, and the title thus became the most popular film of 2015 (and the seventh most popular of all time), according to statistics from Norwegian cinema association Film & Kino. The Wave contributed to the best result of the last ten years for Norwegian cinemas: total attendance figures of 12,028,030.
“We are pleased to see two domestic titles in the top-ten list [the other is Thale Persen’s The Christmas King: In Full Armour [+see also:
film profile]] in a year when films such as Spectre [+see also:
film profile] and Star Wars: The Force Awakens were competing for cinemagoers,” said Birgitte Langballe, head of communication at Film & Kino.
Local productions accounted for a 20.5% market share – 9.1% less than last year, and the fourth-lowest result in ten years. This share was notched up at the last minute by a strong audience turnout during the Christmas week (the second best in ten years), when Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen’s Solan and Ludvig: The Big Cheese Race [+see also:
interview: Rasmus A Sivertsen
film profile] shared 73% of all cinema admissions.
Thirty-seven Norwegian films were premiered in 2015, but 13 of them sold fewer than 10,000 tickets, including Bobbie Peers’ The Disappearing Illusionist [+see also:
interview: Bobbie Peers
film profile] (3,257) and Anne Sewitsky’s Homesick [+see also:
film profile] (8,911). Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile] – Norway’s first Palme d'Or contender at Cannes for 36 years – reached almost 20,000 admissions.
Here is the list of Norway’s top ten films of 2015: The Wave (832,649 admissions), Spectre (688,450 admissions), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (471,800 admissions), Minions (457,166 admissions), Fast & Furious 7 (423,724 admissions), Jurassic World (411,991 admissions), Fifty Shades of Grey (321,548 admissions), Inside Out (285,332 admissions), The Christmas King: In Full Armour (271,060 admissions), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (270,807 admissions).