Kon-Tiki breaks Norway box office record

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Big-budget Norwegian blockbuster Kon-Tiki set a national box office record as it attracted more cinema-goers than any other film in history in its opening weekend.

With 164,191 paying customers, the film about adventurer Thor Heyerdahl’s Pacific expedition sailed past the previous record-holder Max Manus, a 2008 drama by the same directors, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning.

“It’s fantastic. The expectations have been enormous," said producer Aage Aaberge.

"We’re incredibly pleased to see that audiences have embraced the film we’ve worked on for so many years".

Thor Heyerdahl’s own book about the dramatic 1947 raft expedition has been translated into 70 languages and is thought to have sold more than 50 million copies.

A film documentary about the expedition won an Oscar in 1951, as Heyerdahl became one of the best-known Norwegians of modern times.

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Kon-Tiki is the third feature film to be directed by Sandberg and Rønning. Max Manus, a film about the World War II resistance fighter of the same name, was a huge box office success in Norway with 1.2 million cinema tickets sold.

They also directed Bandidas, a Western comedy starring Salma Hayek and Penélope Cruz.

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