Swedish B.O. up 7%, tix up 5%

Local pics take smaller slice

STOCKHOLM — Sweden’s total box office gross for 2006 was up 7% to 1.2 billion kroner ($178 million) on ticket sales up 5% to 15,293,118, according to figures presented by the Swedish Film Institute on Wednesday.

However, the market share for Swedish films was down from 22.6% in 2005 to 18.8%. This is in spite of the fact that 44 local features opened in 2006, just one less than in 2005.

The top-selling film in 2006 was “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” with 1,134,745 admissions, placing it eighth in the list of most succesful features ever in Sweden. Second was “The Da Vinci Code” with 654,437 admissions, and third was “Ice Age: The Meltdown” with 648,735 admissions.

The most succesful Swedish feature was Colin Nutley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” with 462,820 admissions. Cop thriller “Beck skarpt lage” was second 286,366, and soccer comedy “Offside” third with 252,600 admissions.

Buena Vista was the most succesful distrib, with 22.1% of the market, up 7% on 2005. Sony Pictures were second with a 19.4% share and 20th Century Fox third with 17.7%.

SF Bio was by far the most successful cinema chain, with a 54% share of the market.

DVD sales increased from 23,871,446 in 2005 to 29,847,587 in 2006, while sales of VHS cassettes sank from 2,781,590 to just 511,402.

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