A record year for Finnish cinemas: 2.56 million admissions for local films
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Five Finnish features have a place in the chart of the top ten films, including Taneli Mustonen’s The Reunion at number two
In 2015, Finnish films took a record number of 2.56 million admissions, to control 29% of the market, exceeding the previous top result (from 2012) of 2.36 million – the fourth time the two-million-admissions milestone has been exceeded in the 2000s. The theatres sold a total of 8.7 million tickets, up 19% on the previous year.
According to Irina Krohn, managing director of the Finnish Film Foundation, the digitisation of all Finnish cinemas lies at the origin of this increase. “Admissions were over seven million for the sixth year in a row, and for the first time the number of screens is also growing; last year, three new theatres were opened, so now there are 300 screens in 120 cities,” she said.
“It seems the Finns are still enjoying the cinema experience despite the growing number of new distribution channels. Here, public authorities, filmmakers and industry professionals jointly set goals and promote film culture, and that strategy has proved effective,” Krohn added. “I am pleased to see the confidence that Finnish audiences have in our films.”
Finnish director Taneli Mustonen’s The Reunion [+see also:
film profile], a local remake of a Danish comedy, was the most-seen Finnish movie of the year, taking 505,376 admissions, and ended up as number two in the 2000s, just behind Aleksi Mäkelä’s Bad Boys [+see also:
film profile], which recorded 615,000 admissions back in 2003. Eight domestic titles broke through the 100,000 threshold, and five ended up on the top-ten list.
Here is the list of Finland’s top ten films of 2015: Spectre [+see also:
film profile] (647,075 admissions), The Reunion (505,376 admissions), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (426,771 admissions), Minions (404,593 admissions), Lapland Odyssey 2 [+see also:
film profile] (378,534 admissions), Ricky Rapper and the Scrooge of Seville [+see also:
film profile] (315,966 admissions), Inside Out (252,270 admissions), Fast & Furious 7 (226,771 admissions), The Midwife [+see also:
film profile] (226,203 admissions), Jill and Joy’s Winter [+see also:
film profile] (217,254 admissions).