Indie distribs capitalized on unabashed Hollywood fare and mainstream productions at the German box office over the past calendar year, with scarcely a trace of classic arthouse in sight.
Topping the charts was Concorde Film with “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “Shutter Island.”
The Munich-based Concorde, part of the Tele Muenchen Group, has so far released 20 films this year and enjoyed a 9.1% market share, making it the top indie and fifth-biggest moneymaker behind Fox, Warner, Disney and Sony.
“Eclipse” took a major bite out of the German box office, garnering $36.3 million — just a tad above what “New Moon” made last year.
“Shutter Island” also drew big crowds, taking in $15.6 million, while “Iron Man 2,” another Concorde release, grossed nearly $10 million, well above the first installment’s $7.7 million take.
Constantin Film, usually Germany’s top indie, had to settle for second place despite having high-profile 3D productions like “Resident Evil: Afterlife,” which hauled in $14.7 million, and “Step Up 3D,” with $13.9 million.
The distrib also had a surprise sleeper hit on its hands with local drama “Vincent Wants to Sea,” about a young man with Tourette’s Syndrome who embarks on a road trip with two mental rehab patients; pic cumed $8.2 million.
Splendid Film also saw some box office action with Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” which took in $8.3 million.
Top 2010 indie film: “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $36.3 million (Concorde Film)
Recent pickups: “On the Road,” Concorde Film; “The King’s Speech,” Senator Film Verleih; “Hungry Rabbit Jumps,” SquareOne Entertainment; “The Way Back,” Splendid Film