Swedish director Hannes Holm’s A Man Called Ove enjoyed a record opening weekend in its home country in late December, with about 240M admissions. It went on to hold the top box office slot for several weeks in January and has grossed nearly $20M in the market where Star Wars: The Force Awakens has taken a total of about $21M. Music Box Films has now acquired North American Rights to the dramedy from TrustNordisk.
Based on the bestselling book by Fredrik Backman, which has been published in more than 30 countries, A Man Called Ove tells a heartfelt and humorous story about a grumpy old man who has given up on everyone including himself. His life and negative approach to the world are put to the test when a new family moves in next door.
With over 1.6M tickets sold, the film is now the 5th biggest local title ever. Last month, it took home 3 Gulbagge awards, the Swedish Oscar equivalent, including the Best Actor Award for Rolf Lassgård.
Music Box released previous box office record holder The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared and saw it score an Oscar nomiation this year for hair and makeup.