Music Box has picked up US rights to the two hit sequels to the Scandinavian smash The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (pictured) that just opened in the US and will release them in the summer.
The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest relay the ongoing adventures of investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist and his feisty punk associate Lisbeth Salander. Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist star.
Music Box launched The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in limited release in the US last weekend and reported $335,502 from 34 theatres.
Niels Arden Oplev directed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo while Daniel Alfredson directed the subsequent two instalments in the Millennium trilogy. Swedish author Stieg Larsson initially conceived a ten-part series but died before he could realise his dream. Yellow Bird produced the trilogy.
The Girl Who Played With Fire centres on a sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest centres on Salander as she battles corrupt government institutions to clear her name.
Music Box partners Edward Arentz and William Schopf negotiated the deal with Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet and Cecile Cau of Zodiak Entertainment, the film’s international sales agent. The films have now sold throughout the world.
“The box office figures from the opening weekend in the US prove yet again that Millennium has a global appeal to cinema audiences,” Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, scripted sales director at Yellow Bird’s corporate sibling Zodiak Entertainment Distribution, said.
“We are very excited that Music Box will release the second and third films in the trilogy as a result of the success of the first film. The USA is historically a very tough market for foreign films to crack which makes us all the more proud of this amazing product in the Zodiak Entertainment Distribution portfolio.”