Finnish production Rose Of The Rascal (Rentun Ruusu) has become the highest grossing indigenous opener in Finland. The drama, which opened on January 12, grossed $382,496 (FIM2,256,725) on 38 screens on the first weekend and achieved admissions of 50,738.
Rose tells the story of Irwin Goodman, Finland's most famous pop and protest singer, who died on January 14, 1991, exactly 10 years before the film's opening. The feature is directed by Timo Koivusalo and distributed by Buena Vista International Finland.
The film took the record from costume drama The Winter War, which had held the crown as highest local opener for over a decade. Distributed by Finnkino, it achieved admissions of 49,000 from 40 prints over its first weekend November 30 to December 2, 1989, and grossed $327,782 (FIM 1,933,911).
Finland boosts another local high grosser in the box office top 10. Drama To The South (Lomalla), directed by Aleksi Makela, has achieved admissions of 57,059 and a total gross of $395,530 (FIM2,333,625) after seven weeks on release. To The South is also distributed by Buena Vista.