Lamb takes more than a million dollars
Dýrið was directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson and won an award at Cannes this year for its originality. The lead roles are played by Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson.
The film was shown at 600 cinemas in the USA this weekend, which is the widest distribution for an Icelandic movie to date.
The film’s producers say in a statement that its success in America is a consequence of the trust put in them and their creation by the production and distribution company A24.
One other film in the top ten also received its North American premiere this weekend, and that was the latest James Bond adventure, No Time to Die, which was shown in 4,400 cinemas and racked up 56 million dollars in ticket sales.
It is somewhat unfair to compare the success of the Icelandic film to probably the year’s biggest new release. Indeed, its strong showing this weekend could be seen as an even bigger achievement in light of the competition it was up against.
Dýrið premiered in Iceland on 24th September and is still showing in cinemas around the country.