After two months on national screens, the Rolf Lassgård vehicle produced by Tre Vänner has sold more than 1.5 million tickets in Sweden, beating the franchise films Star Wars: The Force Awakens (1.2 million) and James Bond’s Spectre (882,320). Last weekend the film was still number three at the Top Ten and playing in 135 cinemas. Klaus Odegaard, Nordic Marketing Director at Nordisk Film Distribution told “We’ll most likely pass The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared this Saturday, so by Monday Ove will be the best-selling Swedish movie in 32 years at the Swedish box office”. 

Commenting on the film’s performance across the Nordic region, Odegaard said: “We are very pleased with the performance in both Norway (130,000+ admissions) and Finland (40,000 admissions, via sub-distributor by Atlantic Film). In Denmark the film will open late May as part of the Danish Cinema Club, but we are very confident that the Danish audiences will like it in heaps also!”

Two Nordic documentaries are also showing very strong legs after several weeks on national screens. Margreth Olin’s Doing Good (Mannen fra Snåsa) released in Norway by Norsk Filmdistribusjon has passed 135,151 admissions after four weeks on screens, making it the second best-selling local documentary in modern times after Cool & Crazy (2000).

In Finland Tale of a Lake by Marko Röhr and Kim Saarniluoto is still playing at number seven at the domestic Top Ten, with more than 104,000 admissions after five weeks for Nordisk Film. The hymn to Finnish lakes and nature is slowly nearing the all-time Finnish doc champion The Finnish Flash - A Teemu Selänne Story (130,530 admissions).

Last weekend’s new Nordic openers include The Last King by Nils Gaup that entered the Norwegian Top Ten at number two after 20th Century Fox’s new release Deadpool. The Norwegian historical epic adventure sold 67,248 tickets from 181 screens. 

In Denmark the family film Antboy 3 released by FC/SF came in at number seven, selling 18,679 tickets from 101 screens. Launched with a limited print (19 screens), The Model opened at number 19 for Nordisk Film with 2,864 admissions.