Lone Scherfig's highly anticipated English-language debut Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, (pictured) which last week attracted buyers from around the world to it's national premiere, attracted a strong 16,993 admissions and a $101,957 gross on just 40 prints over its opening weekend.
The film which received highly favourable reviews couldn't, however, get past local family-film My Sister's Kids In The Snow (pictured), which again took the top spot after five weeks with 19,291 ($123,720) admissions from 78 prints.
Though My Sister's Kids saw a 25% drop, it has now reached 449,906 admissions and grossed $3,067,817. Scherfig's Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself follows her Berlin Silver-Bear winning Dogme film Italian For Beginners, but Wilbur was shot in Glasgow and Copenhagen with UK talents Jamie Sieves, Adrian Rawlins and Shirley Henderson.
The only Danish actor involved is one of Denmark's most popular talents, Mads Mikkelsen (Open Hearts). Behind its bleak title hides a romantic comedy, which is just as serious as it is darkly humorous. It centres on two single brothers who take over the family's second-hand bookstore, while trying to survive Wilbur's many suicide attempts and unexpected love.
Scherfig co-wrote the script with the writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen (Flickering Lights). Jensen also scripted Susanne Bier's Dogme hit Open Hearts, which for the first time since its release, this weekend moved out of the top three to number five with a total 482,046 admissions and a $3,312,971 gross after 10 weeks.