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Downfall climbs local box office

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The German foreign-language Oscar 2005 contender Der Untergang (Downfall) is the fourth most popular film at the 2005 Norwegian box office, overtaken at the top of the chart only by the two US animated films A Shark’s Tale and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie, and the US thriller The Grudge. Oliver Hirschbiegel’s drama has totaled over 175,980 admissions since its 18 February release by Sandrew Metronome, and should continue to climb the chart with 30 prints still spread across Norway.

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Released at the same time as Der Untergang, the Norwegian family film Venner for livet (Finding friends) directed by children’s film specialist Arne Lindtner Naess (The Junior Olsen Gang series) is among the biggest local hits so far with Vibeke Idsøe’s comedy 37 ½, both scoring over 147,000 admissions each.
Pål Stenaume’s much awaited new film Naboer (Next Door) was released on 11 March by Columbia Tristar Film and has sold 68,091 tickets from 30 screens so far. The thriller kept its fourth position on the local film chart last weekend, almost equaling the number of admissions of US film Hitch released at the same time.
The Swedish hit and Oscar 2005 contender As It Is In Heaven [+see also:
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also keeps a good position at the Norwegian film chart, with 50,919 admissions from 24 screens after five weeks on general release through SF Norge.

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