U.S. share of Swedish market stable

American films take 65% of box office

STOCKHOLM — U.S. films’ share of the Swedish box office dipped slightly last year, down from 65.4% in 2006 to 65.37% last year.

Box office for U.S. pics stood at $120.6 million, compared with $120.9 million in 2006.

The total gross for all films in 2007 was $184.5 million, down 0.2% on 2006, which stood at $184.9 million. Admissions were down 1% at 15.2 million, compared with 15.3 million in 2006.

The share for Swedish films rose from 18.8% to 21.1%, although fewer local films opened, according to the Swedish Film Institute.

Total gross for Swedish films in 2007 was $37 million, compared with $34.8 million in 2006. In 2006, 44 local films opened, but only 30 last year.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” was the top grossing film last year with $12.1 million. Second was “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” with $9.9 million. “Ratatouille” was third with $7 million.

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Of the local films, comedy “Gota Kanal 2” had $7.3 million, “Arn: The Knight Templar” had $6.2 million, and comedy “Mind the Gap!” had $3.3 million.

“Arn,” which opened on Dec. 25, is still in theaters and its gross now stands at more than $11.4 million.