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BOX OFFICE Sweden

Domestic gains ground

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Like a number of European territories, Sweden saw film attendance drop off in May after a strong start to 2003.
Attendance was down 14% on May 2002: the main reason being that warmer weather encouraged Swedes to choose outdoor leisure activities.
The best performing local production was Kops by Josef Fares, released on 7 February by Sonet Film and totalling 18,774 tickets, and placing 9th in the January-June Top 10.
Fortunately for the local industry, Swedish productions gained favour and prestige as 2003 progressed and 7.5million Swedes chose a local film between 3 January and 29 May 2003 , resulting in a box office take of €60m. Total domestic ticket sales for the same time in 2002 were 7.3million.
The other home-grown star performers were Paradise by Colin Nutley, distributed by Svensk Filmindustri, The Guy In The Grave Next Door by Kjell Sundvall and Elina by Klaus Härö, both of which distributed by Sonet Film.

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(Translated from Italian)

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