Germany: Distribs cash in on H’wood fare

AFM Territory Report

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

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