30 August 2005 Statistics Denmark's half-year report shows a marked increase in tickets sold to indigenous films: 1.9 million tickets were sold to Danish films alone in the first six months of 2005, the highest figure for the period in over 20 years. Tickets sold to 'all films' in Denmark in the same period show a decline of 5%. Declining sales in cinemas worldwide have been reported in Screen International: only Britain saw a smaller decline, of just 1%, while sales dropped 10% in North America, 11% in Germany, 15% in France, 19% in Italy, 14% in Australia and a full 25% in the big South American markets. This global trend of declining cinema-going is blamed on the lack of a "Lord of the Rings" early in the year and the failure of many of this year's expected blockbusters. In Denmark, however, a wide selection of Danish films has kept packing cinemas, with Danish films making up 33% of total ticket sales. Seventeen Danish features premiered in the first six months of 2005, the highest total for any first half year ever. The last time cinemas came close to such results was in the first half of 2003 when 14 Danish features were released, selling 1.8 million tickets combined. Last year, just seven Danish features opened in the first half year, selling 0.9 million tickets. Top 10 first half year 2005All of four Danish films are among the first eight films on the Top 10 chart for admissions for the first half year 2005. The US production "Star Wars: Episode III" tops the chart, and is followed by two Danish films: Tomas Villum Jensen's "The Sun King" and Anders Thomas Jensen's "Adam's Apples". The successful German drama "Der Untergang", in fourth place, is followed by another national film, Carsten Myllerup's "Oskar & Josefine". Ole Christian Madsen's "Angels in Fast Motion", the fourth Danish film on the chart, comes in at eighth place, after the two US productions, "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Pooh's Heffalump Movie". Second half of 2005Five films were released in July and August. Most recently Per Fly's drama "Manslaughter" opened to critical raves. The rest of the year will see eight new releases in widely different genres. Opening in September are Nicolas Winding Refn's action drama "I'm the Angel of Death - Pusher III," Anders Rønnow Klarlund's fantasy film "Strings" and Christoffer Boe's artistically challenging drama "Allegro." In October will follow Jannik Johansen's thriller "Murk," Claus Bjerre's family film "Father of Four" and Jonas Elmer's comedy "Nynne" (English titles of the last two mentioned films are working titles only). November will see the opening of Gert Fredholm's drama "Dommeren" (English working title: "The Judge") and Simon Staho's drama with a Swedish cast, "Bang, Bang Orangutang." Considering the wide and varied array of Danish films coming up in the second half of 2005, total ticket sales for Danish films for the year are likely to equal or better the results for the record year 2001, when 3.7 million tickets were sold. For further information: Current cinema data for Danish filmswww.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/generelle_moduler/fb/index.asp?pid=13800 Upcoming feature-film releaseswww.dfi.dk/sitemod/moduler/generelle_moduler/fb/index.asp?pid=220 Danish Film InstituteMaja Giese, +45 3374 3439, +45 4050 4750, email@example.com Danish figures for 2005 are based on preliminary statements from Statistics Denmark. The final figures tend to come out slightly higher.
TOP 10 - DANISH CINEMAS: FIRST HALF YEAR 2005 1 STAR WARS: EPISODE III,USA, admissions 3712542 SOLKONGEN,Danmark, admissions 3465753 ADAMS ÆBLER, Danmark, admissions 3375594 DER UNTERGANG, Germany, admissions 3189795 OSKAR & JOSEFINE, Danmark, admissions 2472316 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, USA, admissions 2079367 POOHS HEFFALUMP MOVIE, USA, admissions 2037668 NORDKRAFT, Danmark, admissions 1936389 ROBOTTER, USA, admissions 14599410 MEET THE FOCKERS, USA, admissions 133934
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