Press release 17.03.2005 On 6 March, a little over two months into 2005, Danish films have sold more than a million tickets in Danish cinemas. This is an extraordinary result, and it marks a promising start to 2005. "The Sun King" by Tomas Villum Jensen opened 11 February with great success and has already sold a quarter of a million tickets. Ole Christian Madsen's "Nordkraft" also seems to be on the right track, selling nearly 60.000 tickets in its opening week. Jacob Thuesen's "Accused" has sold more than 42.000 tickets, in spite of its controversial theme. Moreover, what looks to be one of this year's best selling children's films, "Oskar & Josefine", has sold 224.000 tickets in its first month, and it is still drawing crowds at cinemas. The successful result of 2005 can be compared to 2004, when Danish films only reached the million mark at mid-year, due to a low number of Danish releases during this period. Part of this year's success can be found in some of last year's autumn and winter releases that are still filling seats in Danish cinemas: "The Fakir", "Pusher II - With Blood on my Hands" and "Lost Generation" have sold a combined 300.000 tickets this years, and even "King's Game", which opened in October, has been seen by more than 42.000 Danes in 2005. Statistics Denmark recently published a report summing up cinema exhibition results for 2004: The number of admissions for Danish films 2004 decreased slightly, but retained, for the fourth year running, over 3 million admissions; the total number of admissions to all films increased to 12.8 million, the second best figure since 1980. The Danish market share fell from 26 percent to 24 percent. 25 danish film releases (feature films and documentary films) sold an average of 116,000 tickets, showing an increase of 31 percent in relation to the previous year, and the double of the average number of tickets sold for US films, which was 58,000. A total of four Danish feature films ("King's Game", "My Sister's Kids in Egypt", "Brothers", "Terkel in Trouble") made the top ten in steep competition with films such as "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the Rings".
For further information Danish Film Institute Lousie Hagemann, +45 3374 3440 / +45 2482 3759, firstname.lastname@example.org Current admissions (Updated weekly): http://www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/generelle_moduler/fb/index.asp?pid=13800 Admissions 2004:http://www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/generelle_moduler/fb/index.asp?pid=22560
Top Twenty 2004: All films in Danish cinemas: http://www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/generelle_moduler/fb/index.asp?pid=23790
The annual report from Statistics Denmark is available for download (in Danish) at: http://www.dst.dk/asp2xml/external/external.asp?title=Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik:%C2%A0Nr. 118, 14. marts 2005&ancestor=Statistics free of charge&file=/asp2xml/PUK/udgivelser/get_file.asp?id=6255&show=/pdf
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