This year’s Swedish Christmas Day release A Man Named Ove (En Man Som Heter Ove), starring Rolf Lassgård, has sold 400,000 tickets so far and beaten Star Wars into second place in the box office charts.
Producer of Ove, Annica Bellander says of this feat: “Outstanding. To rank above such a large dragon from Hollywood suggests that there is an audience for such a film. A mixture of comedy and sadness.”
The current Swedish record holder for box office receipts is The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared, but with 241,000 tickets sold in its opening weekend, A Man Named Ove is already beating the Hundred Year Old Man and hopes are high that it could replicate its success.
“The Hundred Year Old was magical. 1.5 million visits overall,” says Annica Bellander. “One gets shivers when faced with this kind of opening weekend. I hope that there is still a demand for our film in the spring. That people will still be going to see it at the movies.”
The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared has been shortlisted for the Makeup and Hairstyling category of the 88th Academy Awards, and the final three nominees will be announced on January 9th 2016.