Facts & Figures

Admissions for Icelandic films by year

2016

The Oath by Baltasar Kormákur topped the Icelandic box office in 2016, with 46.786 tickets sold. It was the only Icelandic film that ranked in the top 20.

This is the second year in a row where a film directed by Baltasar Kormákur tops the Icelandic box office, with Everest doing so in 2015. Everest also ranks in the top 20 of the most popular films in Iceland since such data has been gathered.

The 19 Icelandic narrative features and documentaries that were released in 2016 account for 6.4 percent of the entire Icelandic box office for the year, which amounts to just over 91,000 total admissions. Icelandic films took 6.6 percent of all revenues in 2015, or just over 111,5 million Icelandic krónur.

Attendance for Icelandic films increased by 32% from the previous year, from roughly 62,000 the previous year.

Here are the admissions figures and corresponding revenues for Icelandic films in 2016, according to FRÍSK (the Association for Rights Holders in Television and Film):

Title Admissions Revenue from ticket sales (in ISK)
The Oath 46.786 63.713.364 kr.
Cruelty 19.587 17.464.072 kr.
In Front of Others 10.891 14.624.347 kr.
Inside a Volcano 3.619 4.222.820 kr.
InnSæi - The Sea Within 2.089 3.235.200 kr.
Reykjavík 2.569 2.107.894 kr.
Spies, Lies and Family Ties 1.151 1.412.400 kr.
Rams (premiered 2015)* 921 1.129.967 kr.
Ransacked 610 900.450 kr.
Baskavígin 800 847.350 kr.
Yarn 454 609.300 kr.
Virgin Mountain (premiered in 2015)* 347 450.680 kr.
Úti ad aka - Á reykspúandi Kadilakk yfir Ameríku 221 293.600 kr.
Black Sheep 344 216.450 kr.
Sparrows (premiered in 2015)* 111 107.600 kr.
Keep Frozen 341 106.000 kr.
Poor Iceland 239 40.050 kr.
Rúnturinn I 139 36.850 kr.
East of the Mountain (premiered in 2015)* 2 3.200 kr.

91.221 111.521.594 kr.

* Admissions figures from 2015 are not included here.

In addition to narrative and documentary features, 2016 saw two TV series released on domestic television channels and several short films released in domestic cinemas and on TV.

TV series (fiction)

Ligeglad, directed by Arnór Pálmi Arnarson was released on RÚV in March.

The Mayor, directed by Rannveig Gagga Jónsdóttir, María Reyndal and Jón Gnarr was released on Channel 2 in October.

Trapped, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Óskar Thór Axelsson and Börkur Sigthórsson, was released on RÚV in December 2015 and ran through February 2016.

Short films

Best Friends Forever and Ever, by Katrín Björgvinsdóttir was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

Búi, by Inga Lísa Middleton was released on RÚV in December.

CUBS, by Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

Grýla, by Tómas H. Jóhannesson was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

Helga, by Tinna Hrafnsdóttir was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

I Can't Be Seen Like This, by Anna Gunndís Gudmundsdóttir was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

LightAge, by Gudmundur Gardarsson was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.

Playing It by the Ear, by Eythór Jóvinsson was released at Bíó Paradís during RIFF in October.


2015

Grímur Hákonarson's Rams was the only Icelandic film that ranked in the top 20 in the Icelandic box office in 2015. However, Everest, the Icelandic minority coproduction directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur, topped the box office.

As of this writing, Rams ranks 18th in the 2015 box office with around 21,500 tickets sold, and is still in release. Everest, a large special effects-driven film with a sizeable Icelandic crew, sold around 67,400 tickets in 2015 and ranks in the top 20 of the most popular films in Iceland since such data has been gathered.

The 17 Icelandic narrative features and documentaries that were released in 2015 account for 4.5 percent of the entire Icelandic box office for the year, which amounts to roughly 62,000 total admissions. Icelandic films took 4.8 percent of all revenues in 2015, or roughly 74 million Icelandic krónur.

The 17 Icelandic films released in 2015 is a significant increase over the previous year, when there were only 9 films released. This increase may have something to do with the fact that the data includes admissions figures from Reykjavík's art-house cinema, Bíó Paradís, for the first time. Despite the increase in the number of films released, however, attendance for Icelandic films decreased substantially, from roughly 148,000 the previous year. It should be noted that 2014 was an especially strong year in this regard, driven by Baldvin Z's Life in a Fishbowl being the most popular film of the year.

Here are the admissions figures and corresponding revenues for Icelandic films in 2015, according to FRÍSK (the Association for Rights Holders in Television and Film):

 

Film Admissions Revenue from ticket sales (in ISK)
Rams 21,546 29,201,840
Virgin Mountain 13,083 17,441,514
Reverse 7,515 9,329,860
Albatross 4,470 2,952,260
Sparrows 3,913 3,890,310
The Situation Girls 3,058 3,797,400
Webcam 2,717 2,758,650
East of the Mountain 1,319 781,930
The Coach 1,175 931,440
Kitchen Sink Revolution 546 494,300
Johanna: The Last Battle 521

396,500

 

Horizon 498

298,800

 

The Homecoming 491

670,100

 

The Biggest Rescue (released in 2014) 366 414,614
We Are Still Here 310

128,800

 

Trend Beacons 196

236,400

 

I Want to be Weird 123

99,600

 

Total 61,847

73,824,318

 

 

In addition to narrative and documentary features, 2015 saw two TV series released on domestic television channels and several short films released in domestic cinemas.

TV series (fiction)

Trapped, directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Óskar Thór Axelsson and Börkur Sigthórsson, was released on RÚV in December.

Case, directed by Baldvin Z, was released on Channel 2 in October.

Short films

Brothers, directed by Thórdur Pálsson, was released at Tjarnarbíó during the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) in September.

Lobster Soup Included, directed by Styrmir Sigurdsson, was released at Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Rainbow Party, directed by Eva Sigurdardóttir, was released at Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Zelos, directed by Thóranna Sigurdardóttir, was released at Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

You and Me,  directed by Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, was released at Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Most of the above titles also traveled to foreign film festivals during the past year. For details, see here.

2014

Icelandic films had a strong year in the domestic box office in 2014, especially since one of them, Life in a Fishbowl, topped the charts with almost 48,000 tickets sold. Another Icelandic film, The Biggest Rescue, made the top 20, in 8th position, with around 32,600 tickets sold.

Nine Icelandic films were released in 2014, accounting for 13.3 percent of all cinema revenues, which amounts to almost 197 million Icelandic krónur. In terms of turnout, Icelandic films accounted for 11 percent of all tickets sold, about 148,000 total admissions.

Here are the figures for admissions and corresponding revenue for Icelandic films in 2014, according to FRÍSK (the Association of Rights Holders in Television and Film):

 

Film Admissions Revenue from ticket sales (in ISK)
Life in a Fishbowl 47,982 69,677,709
The Biggest Rescue 32,623 37,064,927
The Grandad 14,904 22,185,100
Harry & Heimir: The First Time it is Murder 12,233 15,865,538
Lífsleikni Gillz 12,165 14,146,055
Paris of the North 11,479 15,392,060
Brave Men's Blood 11,024 15,532,350
Graves & Bones 3,617 4,481,680
Of Horses and Men* 2,119 2,607,440
Total 148,146

196,952,859

 

* Released at the end of August 2013, thus admissions figures for 2013 are not included here.

It should be noted that Reykjavík art-house cinema Bíó Paradís became a member of FRÍSK in 2015, which means that films that they distributed, and Icelandic documentaries that they screened, are not included in these figures. However, films that they screened that were handled by other domestic distributors are included here.

In addition to narrative features, there were several documentaries and short films, and one TV series, that were released domestically in 2014.

Documentaries

TIME AND TIME AND AGAIN, directed by Ragnheidur Gestsdóttir and Markus Thór Andrésson was released in Bíó Paradís in April.

Holding Hands for 74 Years, directed by Thóra Ásgeirsdóttir, was released in Bíó Paradís during the Reykjavík Shorts&Docs festival in April.

Vive la France, directed by Helgi Felixson and Titti Johnson, premiered in Háskólabíó during the Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) in September and then opened in general release at Bíó Paradís in October.

Salóme, directed by Yrsa Roca Fannberg, was released in Bíó Paradís in November.

Glacier Man, directed by Kári G. Schram, was released in Bíó Paradís in November.

Vikingo, directed by Thorfinnur Gudnason, was released in Sambíó in November.

TV series (fiction)

The Cliff – Depth of Darkness, directed by Reynir Lyngdal, was released on RÚV in September.

Short films

In Search of Livingstone, directed by Vera Sölvadóttir, was released at Bíó Paradís during Reykjavík Shorts&Docs in April.

Ártún, directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Chum, directed by Jörundur Ragnarsson, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

A Painter, directed by Hlynur Pálmason, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Sker, directed by Eythór Jóvinsson, was released in Bíó Paradís during Reykjavík Shorts&Docs in April.

Seven Boats, directed by Hlynur Pálmason, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Sub Rosa, directed by Thóra Hilmarsdóttir, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Playing With Balls, directed by Nanna Kristín Magnusdóttir, was released in Tjarnarbíó during RIFF in September.

Most of the above titles also traveled to foreign film festivals during the past year. For details, see here.