New local release Kopps in Sweden and four-week local holdover Bad Boys (Pahat Pojat) in Finland are already leading the way for Scandinavian films in 2003.
Kopps, the second outing for Jalla! Jalla! director Josef Fares, took the top spot in Sweden with ease at the weekend with $1m (SKR 8.5m) in three days. The comedy, released in Sweden by Sonet Film, played at 106 screens for a $9,451 average per screen. Jalla! Jalla!, also from Sonet, grossed $6m (SKR 51.2m) in Sweden.
Kopps dethroned seven week Swedish chart leader, The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (which has taken $17.4m to date - ahead of The Fellowship Of The Ring's $15.7m) and also beat fellow opener, BVI's The Jungle Book 2. The animated feature, a belated sequel to the 1967 original, took $629,398 (SKR 5.3m) from 146 screens.
BVI's Bad Boys led a Finnish double act at the top of the charts for the second week in a row - Bad Boys has led the chart for four weeks - with Nordisk/Columbia TriStar's Raid. Bad Boys has sold nearly 350,000 tickets to date and, after the two Lord Of The Rings titles, is one of just three titles to record 300,000 admissions in its first three weeks on release in Finland.
Directed by Aleksi Makela and produced by Solar Films, Bad Boys has grossed $2.9m (Euro 2.7m) to date. Raid, directed by Tapio Piirainen, has grossed $358,534 (Euro 331,285) in its first ten days on release.
However in other Scandinavian territories Die Another Day held both a new local release and The Jungle Book 2 at bay. In Denmark the Bond film claimed the top spot for the third week in a row with $385,352 (DKR 2.6m) from 74 screens. The Jungle Book 2 opened into second with $223,963 (DKR 1.5m) from 42 screens, while local title Askepop - The Movie had to settle for third with $194,777 (DKR 1.3m) from 97 screens.
In Norway Die Another Day's second weekend gross of $732,175 (NKR 5.1m) from 89 screens was enough to keep local release Olsenbanden Jr Gar Under Vann in second. However Olsenbanden Jr's $457,246 (NKR 3.2m) from 49 screens scored the superior screen average with $9,332, compared to $8,227 for the Bond.