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Norwegian cinema admissions up 8.9% in 2016 – the best result in Europe

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- For the first time since 1975, Norwegian films controlled 23.9% of the market, with three local titles at the top of the charts

Norwegian cinema admissions up 8.9% in 2016 – the best result in Europe
The King’s Choice by Erik Poppe

With 13,119,180 cinema admissions in 2016 – 8.9% up on the previous year, with an 11.4% rise in box-office turnover – Norway attained its best result since 1983, and the year’s best percentage rise in Europe.

By selling 3,132,678 tickets, Norwegian productions controlled 23.9% of the market – the last time this happened was 40 years ago, when Norwegian director Ivo Caprino released The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975), which eventually went on to exceed a record number of 5.5 million tickets, in a country with a population of five million.

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“It is also rare that three Norwegian titles are numbers one to three on the charts of the top ten films,” explained Guttorm Petterson, managing director of Norwegian cinema association Film & Kino. The strongest performer was Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Erik Poppe
film profile
]
, which is among the nine films shortlisted for the Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-language Film.

“The influx of visitors to the cinemas just seems to continue, and 2017 also looks set to become a successful year, especially with several local family features in the pipeline,” Petterson concluded. The first of them, Norwegian director Rasmus A Sivertsen’s In the Forest of Huckybucky [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, took 223,087 admissions in its first week from 25 December.

Here is the list of the top ten films in Norway in 2016: The King’s Choice (713,276 admissions), Santa Swap – Merry Christmas Mr Andersen [+see also:
trailer
interview: Terje Rangnes
film profile
]
(496,760 admissions), Børning 2: On Ice [+see also:
trailer
interview: Hallvard Bræin
film profile
]
(438,137 admissions), Me Before You (407,747 admissions), Ice Age 5 (383,509 admissions), Deadpool (312,970 admissions), Rogue One – A Star Wars Story (312,344 admissions), Bridget Jones’ Baby [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(299,251 admissions), Suicide Squad (296,065 admissions), The Secret Life of Pets (291,385 admissions).

In 2016, Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
became the first Norwegian feature to receive the Nordic Council Film Prize, the largest and most prestigious award in the Nordic countries. In addition, Norwegian film exports are surging: the most recent international sales statistics for Norwegian films, covering 2014, shows a record turnover of €7.9 million, up 21% on 2012, according to the Norwegian Film Institute.

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