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Norway’s B.O and admissions fall

Box office gross was $130 million

STOCKHOLM — Norway’s film business had a disappointing 2007.

Preliminary figures for the year show that the box office gross was 789,640,561 Norwegian kroner ($130 million), compared to $142 million in 2006. Admissions fell from just over 12 million in 2006 to just over 10.5 million in 2007.

Hollywood’s market share rose to 73% from 68.8 % in 2006. The market share for domestic films was almost the same, 16. % in 2007 and 16.1% in 2006.

Last year’s most popular U.S. film was “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” which grosed $7.8 million, followed by “Shrek the Third” with $4.2 million, and “Ratatouille” with $3.9 million.

The most popular domestic film was kid comedy “Olsenbanden Jr. and the Silver Mine Mystery” with a B.O. gross of $3 million. It is followed by animated kid film “Elias and the Royal Yacht” with $2.4 million; skateboard movie “Switch” with $2.2 million; and Norway´s entry for the Oscars, “Gone With the Woman,” with $2.1 million.