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'The Hundred-Year-Old Man' Breaks Box-Office Records in Sweden

The 100 year old man - P 2012

The “Forrest Gump”-style comedy, based on Jonas Jonasson's best-seller, has grossed more than $10 million in two weeks.

The Swedish comedy The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is laughing all the way to the bank. The adaptation of Jonas Jonasson's best-seller about a centenarian who escapes his nursing home and goes on an adventure across Sweden, has broken local box-office records since its release Christmas Day, selling more than 762,000 tickets for a gross of more than $10 million in the territory. That already tops last year's number one Swedish film, Waltz for Monica, which sold just over half a million tickets in the territory.

Directed by Felix Herngren, The 100-Year-Old Man is a Forrest Gump-like tale in which hapless protagonist Allan Karlsson (Swedish star comedian Robert Gustafsson) unwittingly plays a key role in some of the most important events of the past century.

Sweden's Nice FLX Pictures produced The 100-Year-Old Man with Walt Disney Company Nordic handling distribution in Scandinavia and StudioCanal picking up the U.K., France and Australia as well as taking worldwide sales. Several other territories have been sold, including Germany, where Herbert Kloiber's Tele-Munchen will be distributing.