Norwegian, Finnish folk flock to see local fare

Local films have 20% share in Norway, 25% in Finland

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian and Finnish pics are enjoying a bumper year at home this year.

Local titles have grossed $21.3 million at the Norwegian box office this year, a market share of 20%. This makes 2006 the second best year for local films in the past 30 years.

Soccer comedy “Long Flat Balls,” family drama “The Olsen Gang Jr. at the Circus” and horror pic “Cold Prey” were the best local performers.

In Finland, local titles had captured $14.8 million by Nov. 30, a market share of 25%. Admissions for local films in 2006 are 60% up on last year.

The top releases of the year were “Matti — Hell Is for Heroes,” a drama about skijumping legend Matti Nykanen, comedy “Jackpot” and soccer comedy “FC Venus.”

Twenty one Norwegian pic were released in their home territory this year and 14 Finnish pics were released in Finland.