The Swedish homeentertainment market significantly outperformed theatrical revenues in 2005,latest figures reveal.
Despite a strong finish inDecember, with a notable increase in admissions and box office, figuresreleased last week by the Swedish Film Institute show 2005 was the worst yearfor Swedish cinemas since 1999. Box office figures dropped 11.8% from $161.2m(SKR 1.27bn) to $142,1m (SKR 1.12bn) year-on-year, while admissions slipped12%, from 16.6 million tickets sold in 2004 to 14.6 million.
In December the box officehad a 17% increase in comparison with the same month the previous year. TheChronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, TheWitch And The Wardrobe dominated the holiday season and earned 28%($4.3m) of the total December box office.
Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire lead the year as a whole with $7.6m, closely followed by Star Wars:Episode
Dalecarlians (Masjavlar) was the mostpopular local film, coming in third with $6.2m. Although the number of Swedishfilms released increased with 32% (49 Swedish films were produced in 2005) offilms released produced locally, local market share slipped from 22.4% in 2004to 21.6% in 2005.
Top distributor of the yearwas Sandrew Metronome, which distributes Warner Brostitles such as Goblet Of Fire and CharlieAnd The Chocolate Factory. Sandrew Metronomeearned $25.2m from its 2005 slate. SF Film dominated the distribution of localfilms, earning 54% ($11m) of the box office for local films premiering in 2005.
The theatrical sector wasovershadowed by the Swedish