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Germany’s Box Office Falls 12.4% as Local Films Slump

Comedy 'Welcome to the Hartmanns' was the top local film in Germany last year

Germany’s box office plummeted 12.4% last year to €994 million ($1.04 billion), according to provisional figures released Wednesday by comScore. The shortfall in the world’s eighth-biggest movie-going territory was caused primarily by the failure of local films to match the stellar performance of recent years.

The total gross of German movies was €164 million ($172 million), which represented a 34.6% collapse compared with 2015. Local films made up 16.5% of the market, whereas they had contributed 22.2% in 2015. The leading homegrown pic last year was the refugee-themed comedy “Welcome to the Hartmanns” with €24.8 million ($26 million).

U.S. movies earned €770 million ($806 million), which was 4.2% down on the previous year. The total represented 77.5% of the market in 2016, compared with 70.9% in 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was the top-grossing film last year. Disney released it on Dec. 17, 2015, and it grossed €102 million ($107 million) in total; only €36.2 million ($37.9 million) of that was earned in 2016, but it still came out on top for the year.

Disney also had the second and third highest-grossing movies: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” with €32.3 million ($33.8 million), and “Finding Dory” with €31.6 million ($33.1 million). Warner Bros.’ “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” followed with €31.4 million ($32.9 million).

The fall in the box office came as the number of releases rose from 708 in 2015 to 769 last year. The number of local films climbed from 184 in 2015 to 256 last year.

John Hopewell contributed to this report.

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