Sonet films top Swedish box office

September 4 2002


Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international media group, today
announced that films distributed by its Sonet Feature Film business held
the number one and number two positions in Sweden’s cinemas last week.
This feat has very rarely been achieved by a Swedish movie distributor
and only once in the past by Sonet, in 1996.

Sonet co-produced ‘Grabben i graven bredvid’ (‘The guy in the grave next
door’), which was released at the beginning of August and has soared to
the top of the box office ratings. The film has already generated over
300,000 admissions. Meanwhile, ‘Lilja 4-ever’ was released in Swedish
movie theatres less than two weeks ago and has already reached the
number two spot, with admissions expected to exceed 100,000 by the

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “This is an
extraordinary achievement and demonstrates Sonet’s continued success in
identifying and promoting enormously popular movies. We have spoken
before about the strength of the line up for the fall and this proves
the potential of the schedule. Sonet have harnessed the creative
talents of some of Sweden’s leading Directors and Producers with their
own promotional expertise and experience of distributing blockbuster

For further information, please visit, email, or

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
Investor & Press Relations tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5010

Modern Times Group, MTG AB has six business areas: Viasat Broadcasting
(Free-to-air and pay-TV channels in nine countries, and the new media
businesses – teletext operations and the Everyday interactive TV,
internet and mobile portals), Radio (local and national networks in five
countries), Publishing (financial news and information services), Modern
Interactive (home shopping, e-commerce and logistics), SDI Media
(subtitling and dubbing services), and Modern Studios (content
production and rights library).

Modern Times Group MTG AB’s class A and B shares are listed on the
Stockholmsbörsen O-list (symbols: MTGA and MTGB) and ADRs are listed on
the NASDAQ National Market (symbol: MTGNY).

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