Swedish Cinema Ticket Sales Up Nearly 4 Percent

"Harry Potter 7.2" tops box office while local titles account for a 20% market share.

COLOGNE, Germany - It was another strong cinema year in Sweden, with admissions jumping 3.7 percent to 16.4 million in 2011 and and local titles accounting for around one in five tickets sold, according to official statistics.

The boost doesn't match the record pace set by neighbor Norway, which grew by 5.7 percent last year, the largest increase in Western Europe, but outpaced Nordic territories Denmark and Finland, both of which saw slight declines in ticket sales.

The market share for Swedish films was 19.8 percent, down from 20.8 percent in 2010. Top local seller was Kjell Sundvall's crime thriller The Hunters 2 starring Peter Stormare and Rolf Lassgard, which earned $7.5 million (SEK 51 million) in local release. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was the number one film of the year in Sweden, earning more than $15 million.