Swedish thriller takes $2.3 million in five days
The producer of Swedish thriller “Easy Money,” which is on track to become a hit on home turf, has greenlit two sequels.The $4 million pic, which is based on the bestselling novel by Jens Lapidus, has taken $2.3 million in its first five days. The sequels will shoot back to back next year, with the first opening later that year and the second in 2012. Producer Fredrik Wikstrom says the pics will have budgets of around $4 million each. Easy Money,” which opened in Sweden Friday, is helmed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Wikstrom for Tre Vanner. The novel, which is about the Stockholm underworld, has been sold to 25 countries and will be published in the U.S. this year. Lapidus’ second book, “Never Fuck Up,” will be the basis of the first sequel, while the third film in the trilogy will be based on the book that Lapidus is writing now. The key cast in “Easy Money,” including lead thesp Joel Kinnaman, will return for the sequels. Sales on “Easy Money” will start at the Berlinale market, where the film is being handled by TrustNordisk.