Denmark Box Office 2019

1Avengers: EndgameAnthony Russo, Joe RussoUS558000
2JokerTodd PhillipsUS500000
3The Lion KingJon FavreauUS492000
4Hunting SeasonTilde HarkampDK463000
5DanielNiels Arden Oplev, Anders W. BerthelsenDK462000
6Green BookPeter FarrellyUS407000
7Frozen 2Chris Buck, Jennifer LeeUS406000
8Queen Of HeartsMay el-ToukhyDK323000
9Star Wars: The Rise Of SkywalkerJ.J. AbramsUS317000
10Once Upon A Time In … HollywoodQuentin TarantinoUS314000

Tilde Harkamp’s second feature, Hunting Season (Jagtsæson) starring Mille Dinesen (Rita) and Lærke Winther (Dicte), was the highest grossing Danish film of 2019 marking Harkamp as the best-selling female director since 2012 and is surpassed only by Susanne Bier and Anne Grethe Bjarup Riis in the last 15 years.

Alongside Tilde Harkamp’s box office smash, more than half of all Danish theatrical releases in 2019 were by first or second­ time directors, including Frelle Petersen’s Uncle which won the main prize at the Tokyo Film Festival and Ulaa Salim’s Sons of Denmark which took Best Director in Seattle.

CEO of the Danish Film Institute, Claus Ladegaard, said: “We are delighted to see films reaching their audiences and filmmakers winning international recognition. At the Danish Film Institute, we are working to supplement these criteria of success with an understanding of the films’ cultural significance. That is, the deeper effects of the films on us and our conversations with each other.

“Alongside the tangible results, we hope to paint a more nuanced picture of the impact of Danish film. Cultural significance cannot be expressed in a formula. It is more dynamic and evolves in tune with the times. Getting into the practice, with our audience, of discussing what Danish films mean to our lives will inspire us to keep them relevant.”