28 January 2014 4:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A quirky and adventurous geriatric is running roughshod over the Swedish box office.

Felix Herngren’s “The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” released by Disney Nordic on 400 screens Dec. 25, has passed the 1 million-admission mark at the local B.O.. With $14 million, it’s aiming to overtake top-grossing “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” which inked $16.4 million in 2009.

The Swedish-language comedy — based on the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson, which has sold 5 million copies in 35 territories — centers on a centenarian who escapes his nursing home to embark on a journey around the world.

Perhaps even more impressively, the film has performed well in Norway, Denmark and Finland; Scandinavian movies rarely score high numbers across Nordic territories. “Dragon Tattoo” also drew pan-Scandinavian auds, minting $41 million-plus across Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

“’The 100-Year-Old Man’ is the Scandinavian ‘Intouchables,’ ” says Olivier Courson, Studiocanal CEO and chairman, referring to »

- Elsa Keslassy

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