A Funny Man leads Danish 2011 films to control 28% of market
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
Selling 484,000 cinema tickets, Danish director Martin Zandvliet’s A Funny Man [+see also:
film profile] lead the line-up of local films last year that controlled 28% of the market, against 22% in 2010. On the annual charts the biopic of local comedian Dirch Passer was second only to UK director David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 [+see also:
film profile] (663,000).
Danish comedies dominated the overall list of Top Ten films, including Niels Nørløv Hansen’s The Reunion [+see also:
film profile] (458,000), Claus Bjerre’s Father of Four - Back to Nature [+see also:
film profile] (412,000 – the fifth installment in the franchise) and Rasmus Heide’s All for one [+see also:
film profile], which is set to have a sequel,378,000.
Mikkel Nørgaard’s Clown: The Movie [+see also:
film profile] took 373,000 in seventh place, but including its performance in 2010 reached a total of 855,000 to become the best-grossing Danish film on home turf in 20 years, in front of Susanne Bier’s The One & Only (1999) and Lone Scherfig’s Italian for Beginners (2000).
Preliminary statistics from the Danish Distributors’ Association (FAFID) published by the Danish Film Institute show that the 3.5 million tickets sold for domestic productions (2010: 2.9 million) contributed to the year’s total of 12.6 million, which is 400,000 less than the previous year.
”The most cinema-active age group was audiences between 15-24 years old, while the 50-69-year-olds were under-represented,” concluded an institute survey. ”International blockbusters have a good hold of the 15-24 and 25-49 segments. 47% of the tickets for foreign, 31% for Danish films are sold to the the 15-24-year olds.”
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