The new Norwegian film about how Norway’s late King Haakon VII refused to cooperate with Nazi Germany after its invasion during World War II has drawn crowds, but not as large as those keen to see the sequel to a popular film about a car race around Norway. Børning 2 is also expected to roll over Kongens nei in terms of popcorn and candy sales.
Kongens nei (The King’s No) had sold more than half-a-million tickets as of Monday and drew nearly 117,000 ticket-buyers during its opening weekend last month. That paled in comparison to ticket sales for the car-race comedy Børning 2, which sold 213,000 in its first five days. Kongens nei sold 163,218 during its first five days, reported newspaper Aftenposten.
The historical royal film is also attracting an older audience that’s not as likely to spend money on popcorn, candy and sweet drinks as the Børning 2 audience. Sales in the cinemas’ kiosks are “critical” to the financing of the cinemas, according to cinema operating company Nordisk Film Kino. It may be consoled by sales of wine at some cinemas, but Nordisk Film officials were looking forward to the crowds for Børning 2, which were much more likely to gorge on snacks.
Crown Prince Haakon, the king’s great-grandson, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, meanwhile, will be presenting Kongens nei to a foreign audience when they make an official visit to Canada in early November. Norway maintained an air station in Canada during the war, where Norwegian pilots were trained to fly fighter jets with the allies during their own homeland’s occupation.