Icelandic director tops weekend Box Office

Mark Wahlberg in Contraband

Adult thriller Contraband, directed by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur and starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale, grabbed the weekend movie box office title, beating expectations with an estimated $24.1 million in ticket sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters. Contraband is a remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam, released in 2009 with Kormákur in the lead role. The remake also stars Ben Foster, J. K. Simmons, Giovanni Ribisi, Caleb Landry Jones, Diego Luna and Lukas Haas.

Contraband is Baltasar Kormákur’s 7th film as director. Among his notable works are 101 Reykjavík, A Little Trip to Heaven and Jar City.

When asked by GQ Magazine what initially appealed to him about Contraband, Mark Wahlberg said he liked the character and the way he was able to respond to things and react. “I saw the original and I fell in love with it”

Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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