Laffers are top with 28% of admissions

It’s official: comedy rules at the German box office.

While local German laffers usually account for most of the market share of local productions, a study by the German Federal Film Board shows that comedies in general, including Hollywood releases, by far dominate Germany’s theatrical market.

In 2010 and 2011, some 71 million viewers went to see comedies, accounting for 28% of all admissions sold in Germany — making comedy the most popular genre by far at the movies.

Children’s films followed with 45 million admissions (18%) while fantasy and drama tied with 29 million (11%) each.

The trend looks certain to continue through 2012 and 2013, which saw such top earners as “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” “Ted” and “Men in Black 3,” as well as hugely successful local hits like “Turkish for Beginners” and, this year, “Break-Up Man.”

German productions accounted for 34% of all theatrical comedies in 2010 and 2011. Among children’s pics, the share was even higher at 57%, while local works accounted for 45% of dramas and 67% of documentaries.

Among the 1,387 German productions released in the period, dramas accounted for 39%, documentaries 26%, comedies for 14% and children film 12%

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