With plenty of movie choice for the winter holidays, local family and comedy franchises secured the number one spots in Denmark and Finland last weekend, ahead of Warner’s Lego® The Movie. Norwegians preferred Dead Snow 2’s zombies to Clooney’s Monuments Men while in Sweden The 100 Year Old Man….continues to climb.

In Denmark two local films released by Nordisk Film stayed on top of the chart for the second consecutive weekend. The Reunion 2-The Funeral, (pictured) second film in the ‘buddy’ comedy franchise has made a successful comeback on screens three years after the first film that sold over 520,000 tickets. The second instalment had the fourth best opening of the last decade earlier this month and total admissions have already passed 331,000. Father of Four-The Return of Uncle Sofus, seventh instalment in the popular Danish family series kept its number two position in its second weekend and total admissions are nearing 200,000. 

In Finland, another strong local family brand dominated the Top 10: Ricky Rapper and Slick Leonard, fourth instalment in the series. Released by Disney, the film stayed number one in its second weekend and sold an extra 34,474 tickets from 113 screens. Total tickets sold are 113,016.

After five weeks on screens, the local kids movie Jill & Joy (126,796 admissions Nordisk Film) was squeezed out of number two to number three by Lego® The Movie, but the Saara Cantell movie still have a good life ahead. The Finnish director has another film on screens, the romantic comedy The Two and Only that has sold 110,000 in eight weeks. The film played at number 16 last weekend.
Third Finnish film in the Top 10, the new comedy drama about marriage No Thank You (SF Film) dropped slightly from number five to seven in its sixth weekend. Total admissions are over 115,000.

In Norway Tommy Wirkola’s horror spoof Dead Snow 2 opened at number three after The Wolf of Wall Street and Lego® The Movie. Launched in 140 cinemas by Nordisk Film, the follow up to Wirkola’s 2009 break through movie has sold nearly 40,000 tickets. At the other end of the spectrum Casper & Emma’s Christmas –second film based on Anne G. Holt’s children’s books-has sold over 160,000 in four weeks. The Arne Lindtner Næss film came in at number four, above 20th Century Fox new opener The Monument Men.

In Sweden the local comedy The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared shows no slowing down and in its nine week the film ranked number four after The Monument Men, Lego® The Movie and Frozen. The Walt Disney release is still playing in 203 screens and total admissions have now passed a record 1.4 million admissions. The animation film Bamse and the City of Thieves was number six in its fifth weekend, playing steadily for Nordisk Film. Total admissions so far have passed 220,000. Maria Blom’s Hallåhallå slid from number five to eight in its second weekend. And total tickets sold for the SF release are 37,846. The fourth Swedish film in the Top 10, the comedy The Anderssons Hit the Road (Sune på bilsemester) is nearing 500,000 admissions in nine weeks for Nordisk Film.

In Iceland the local sketch film Gillz Life Skills (Lifsleikni Gillz) starring the celebrity ‘Gillz’ Egil Einarsson was pushed down from number one to two by Lego® The Movie in its second weekend. Released by Samfilm, Gillz Life Skills which was originally made for television has sold nearly 9,000 cinema tickets so far.

Meanwhile Nymphomaniac volume 1 which was launched simultaneously on VOD and in two cinemas by Sena/Greenlight Films opened at number seven and had a better screen average than the new US opener Out of the Furnace. In the other Nordic countries, Lars von Trier’s film had ‘satisfactory’ results (according to Nordisk Film) in Denmark, with more than 47,000 admissions, but elsewhere figures were ‘modest’ - over 6,100 admissions in Norway and Sweden after three weekends and 3,632 admissions in Finland after two weekends.

Sources: FAFID, Norske Filmbyråers Forening, Filmägarnas Kontrollbyrå, Filmikamari, SMAIS