Danish director Per Fly‘s biopic of Swedish singer and actress Monica Zetterlund has passed the 500,000 admissions mark in Sweden. With $7M in its songbook, that makes it the country’s biggest grosser in 2013, outperforming Hollywood fare that includes Despicable Me 2, Iron Man 3 and — so far — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Monica Z (Waltz For Monica internationally) opened September 13th and stars Edda Magnason as the titular chanteuse who went from small-town telephone operator to international jazz club fixture of the 1960s and ’70s. The period pic is produced by Lena Rehnberg (Let The Right One In) of Sweden’s StellaNova Films, and written by Peter Birro (Snabba Cash II). Svensk Filmindustri has sold it in 19 territories, although there’s no U.S. distributor yet. Here’s a look:
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