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‘Deutschland’ doc is major success

'Fairytale' grosses $15.3 mil

BERLIN — Having grossed $15.3 million in just two weeks, Soenke Wortmann’s “Deutschland — Ein sommermaerchen” (Germany– A Summer’s Fairytale) has become the most successful documentary film ever in Germany.

Pic, which follows the German national soccer team during this summer’s World Cup, has been propelled by the country’s passion for soccer and for its hugely popular players.

“Deutschland” easily surpassed “March of the Penguins,” which grossed $9.6 million in Germany last year, becoming the biggest moneymaking doc at the time.

It’s a double whammy for Leipzig-based Kinowelt, which released both pics.

Before “Penguins” hit screens, Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” held the top spot, having raked in $8.1 million in its 2002 release.

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