Warner pic pack to RTL

Parcel includes 'Batman Begins' and LOTR movies

RTL Television has nabbed German free TV rights to “Batman Begins” and the last two installments of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as part of a film package deal with Herbert Kloiber’s Tele Munchen Group, the web announced Wednesday.

Pact includes “Troy,” “Constantine,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous” and “Monster-in-Law.” Pics were part of a $220 million Warners package that RTL lost to Tele Munchen in 2004 after Kloiber outbid the broadcaster.

RTL picked up “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” directly from Warners in 2002. That film aired on Easter Sunday last year, garnering a strong 21% market share. With fewer than 6 million viewers, however, the fantasy epic performed below expectations.

Industry observers have blamed skyrocketing DVD sales for the waning performance of high-profile feature films on network TV in Germany.

Also in the Tele Munchen bundle are Warner series such as “The Closer,” “Close to Home” and “The War at Home.”

RTL declined to provide financial details of the deal.

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