Now available online at the DFI website are estimate figures for admissions for Danish feature film releases 2000. Ranking first on the chart with 335.000 admissions in its first 13 weeks is the international animated coproduction Help! I'm a Fish (produced by A Film and directed by the duo Stefan Fjeldmark and Michael Hegner).
Close behind is the "buddy movie" Flickering Lights with 305.000 admissions in 9 weeks (produced by M & M Productions and directed by Short Film Oscar winner Anders Thomas Jensen). However, Lone Scherfig's romantic Dogme comedy Italian for Beginners (produced by Zentropa), would set the highest score when looking at admissions for the first 3½ weeks: the film attracted as many as 265.000 cinema-goers and has almost reached the 300.000 mark in its four week release. All three films are still major attractions at the box office. Looking at the Christmas-New Year holiday week, all of five Danish, and two Swedish films scored on the top twenty: besides the above mentioned films, the remaining were the television based children's film Pyrus (directed by Martin Miehe-Renard), the heart-rending feature film debut The Bench (directed by Per Fly Pleidrup for Zentropa) and the two Swedish films with Danish co-finance: Tsatsiki by Ella Lemhagen and Once in a Lifetime by Danish director Susanne Bier. During the autumn school holidays in mid-October, traditionally the best week for children and family films, the three Danish films Help! I'm a Fish, Miracle (directed by Natasha Arthy for Nimbus Film) and Thura Film's Beyond, directed by Åke Sandgren stood up to tough competition from the international blockbusters Chicken Run and The Tigger Movie, but nevertheless national features reached a market share of 50% during that week, the highest share for the period since 1997. The national market share of the box office for the complete year is estimated at 20%. Figures for 2000 from the national bureau of statistics, Statistics Denmark, will be available late February 2001, as well as the top twenty chart for "all films". The estimate figures for admissions for Danish feature film releases 2000 are available at: http://www.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/index_english.asp?pid=3440
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