Crime Pays at Finnish Box Office

“Vares” crime franchise helps local productions to 17% of box office take.

COLOGNE, Germany – The Nordic crime wave continues, with Finland’s Vares crime franchise helping local productions to a 17 percent share of the country’s total box office in the first nine months of this year. Together, the latest three entries in the Vares series – all based on bestsellers by Reijo Maki - sold a total of 370,000 tickets in Finland this year. To compare, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, the number one film of the year in Finland, sold 385,000 tickets.  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sold 353,000. Anders Engstrom´s Vares – Kiss of Evil was the most successful Finnish film so far this year, with 205,000 admissions. In total Finish theaters sold some 5.4 million tickets in the first nine months of this year.

Crime has become the dominant film genre in the Scandinavian and Nordic countries since the blockbuster success of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Norwegian drama Headhunters, which was recently picked up for a U.S. remake, is just the latest in a flood of bloody Nordic thrillers that have been finding success with audiences at home and internationally.

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