Two films saved the local market share in Sweden’s cinemas
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Helena Bergström’s A Holy Mess and Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove helped domestic releases to reach 3.4 million admissions
Last year, Swedish cinemas reached 17 million admissions, almost 5% up on 2014, mainly thanks to US blockbusters: local films sold 3.4 million tickets, 17% less than in 2014, to control 19.9% of the market, according to statistics published by the Swedish Film Institute.
It was only a strong December performance by Swedish directors Helena Bergström’s A Holy Mess [+see also:
film profile] (which accounted for 18% of all tickets sold by local fare) and Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove [+see also:
film profile] (which registered a record opening and has now reached one million admissions) that saved the domestic share from a more dramatic decline. Both titles ended up on the list of the top ten films.
As in Denmark, Finland and Norway, the top international release was British director Sam Mendes’ James Bond epic Spectre [+see also:
film profile], closely followed by US director JJ Abrams’ Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Total box-office receipts were calculated at €196 million, up 10% on 2014; the average ticket price increased by 5%, to €11.50.
Here is the list of Sweden’s top ten films of 2015: Spectre (839,503 admissions), Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens (829,667 admissions), Minions (668,244 admissions), A Holy Mess (599,211 admissions), Jurassic World (596,004 admissions), Fifty Shades of Grey (524,952 admissions), Inside Out (474,262 admissions), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (464,536 admissions), Fast & Furious 7 (439,333 admissions), A Man Called Ove (423,731 admissions).