203,065 cinema admissions in Norway – in just one day
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- A new record has been set for Film & Kino’s annual promotional effort – Norway’s Big Cinema Day – with half-price tickets all over the country
During a good film weekend – from Friday to Sunday – Norwegian theatres will register around 150,000 admissions, but on Saturday 5 November, they clocked in at 203,065. The reason? A new record has been set for Norwegian cinema association Film & Kino’s annual promotional effort, the Big Cinema Day.
“It is really amazing,” said Guttorm Petterson, managing director of Film & Kino. “Naturally, cinema chains are dominating the results in the large cities, but smaller venues also contribute – number four on the list, Fredrikstad, with a population of fewer than 80,000, sold more than 10,000 tickets. One visitor there watched more than 12 films.”
A collaboration between Film & Kino, the Norwegian Distributors’ Association and all of the country’s privately or publicly owned theatres, the Big Cinema Day offers half-price tickets for all films, topping it all off with audience competitions and entertainment, and special film programmes.
Several cinemas organised a screening of New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), while others showed previews of Norwegian director Terje Rangnes’ upcoming Fantefilm Fiksjon release, Carpenter Andersen Meets Santa Claus [+see also:
interview: Terje Rangnes
film profile], starring Trond Espen Seim and Anders Baasmo Christiansen.
Here is the list of the top five films that took the highest number of admissions during the 2016 Big Cinema Day: Trolls (32,001 admissions), Doctor Strange (25,999 admissions), Carpenter Andersen Meets Santa Claus (24,461 admissions), Børning 2: On Ice [+see also:
interview: Hallvard Bræin
film profile] (20,845 admissions), The King’s Choice [+see also:
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile] (11,536 admissions).
The top five venues during the event were: Nordisk Film Kino, Oslo (25,164 admissions), Trondheim Kino (11,751 admissions), Bergen Kino (11,706 admissions), Fredrikstad Kino (10,006 admissions), Nordisk Film Kino, Drammen (5,612 admissions).