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Local films shine in Nordic ‘Hitlist’ 2022 Rankings

The Nordic ‘Hitlist’ end of year rankings have revealed the most downloaded and rented films across Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland each week for the last 12 months. The rankings show while blockbusters consistently perform well, the Scandinavians keep coming back for homegrown content!

The ‘Hitlist’ is compiled from data gathered across platforms such as Apple TV, Blockbuster, Rakuten TV, SF Anytime and Viaplay Store, representing the vast majority of retailers in these territories.

Local titles have dominated across the last 12 months, as the Hitlist has become the definitive up-to-the-minute guide of what films are trending right now in the homes of Scandinavians.

Homegrown content shines in Norway, Denmark, and Finland as the number one spots of the year are taken by native titles. For Norway, the multi-award-winning and Oscar-nominated The Worst Person in the World (Verdens Verste Menneske) was in the charts an impressive 25 weeks. The Burning Sea (Nordsjøen) was also in the top three as it stayed in the Norwegian charts for 15 weeks throughout 2022.

Featured in Denmark’s top ten for the most weeks was the local animated film, Checkered Ninja 2 (Ternet Ninja 2) with Danish drama, Rose, securing a place in the top 5. Meanwhile, in Finland, Class Reunion 3 (Luokkakokous 3: Sinkkuristeily) stayed in the charts for a staggering 28 weeks.

In Sweden, two local films in particular have been popular with film fanatics. The Emigrants (Utvandrarna) – a Swedish film based on the book by Vilhelm Moberg portraying emigrating from Sweden to the United States in the early 1850sand I Am Zlatan (Jag Är Zlatan), the story of an underdog turned sporting legend, take third and fourth place on the official Swedish Hitlist.

However, key blockbuster titles are performing just as well in the Nordics. The Northman, a film heavily influenced by Nordic mythology, was a popular title in both Norway and Sweden taking the 9th spot in both. In tandem, iconic blockbuster franchises such as ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ and ‘No Time To Die’ also did well across Scandinavia, with Spider-Man holding the number one spot for 16+ weeks across Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Jesper Dahlgaard, Chairman of the DEG Nordics and Nordisk Film, Nordic Director of Digital Sale comments: “There has been a tremendous amount of change this year, but the appetite for local and homegrown content isn’t one. Across the Nordics, we see this trend that while the major blockbusters are performing incredibly well, it’s the local stories that resonate with the people that keep film fanatics coming back. We’re thrilled week in, and week out to see the collaboration that goes into making this happen. It is such a testament to the ever-blossoming home entertainment industry and we’re excited about everything coming to the Nordics in 2023 with an impressive line-up of international blockbusters and local films.”

With support from the DEG Nordic Board and major studios including NBCUniversal, Nordisk Film, SF Studios, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Discovery, the Hitlist is a best-in-class example of studios and retailers collaborating to produce a high-profile local home entertainment success story.

Catch the Digifilmlistan each week via Sweden’s biggest entertainment site and newspaper Aftonbladet. The Filmtopplisten via Norway’s biggest film streaming guide FilmWeb. And the Filmhitlisten via Denmark’s biggest film streaming guide Kino.

To find out more in full about The Hitlist and watch the full top 10 countdowns every week, visit the following websites:

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