While the global meltdown has most of the international film industry rattled, Germans are celebrating the start of the Berlinale with a record year for domestic films at the local box office.
The German film industry had reason to cheer on the eve of the Berlin Film Festival, which starts today, with a record year for domestic films at the local box office.
Military thriller "Valkyrie" hit targets at the European box office this weekend as awards season contenders "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Revolutionary Road" expanded successfully.
Domestic Film DAILY
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles1Daily:$7.6M Cumulative:$79.8M Paramount Pictures 13.49%
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy2Daily:$6.6M Cumulative:$188.5M Disney 23.68%
Into the Storm
Into the Storm3Daily:$2.1M Cumulative:$21.1M Warner Brothers / New Line 21.06%
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Homegrown hit "Irony of Fate 2," a reprise of a hugely popular Soviet romantic comedy, was feted as the top-grossing movie of 2008 at the 12th Russian Blockbuster awards ceremony in Moscow on Monday.
Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie" scored its second straight victory at the foreign box office, hitting the target with $18.6 million at 3,900 playdates in 26 markets.
Twentieth Century Fox's Liam Neeson action-thriller "Taken" scored a touchdown at the domestic box office, proving that male-driven pics can open successfully on Super Bowl weekend.
Twentieth Century Fox's Liam Neeson action-thriller "Taken" grossed an estimated $9.5 million from 3,183 theaters at the Friday box office to score the best opening day ever for Super Bowl weekend.
Local pics took a whopping 59.5% share at the Japanese box office in 2008, up from 47% in 2007, according to figures from the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan (Eiren).
Oscar hopefuls "Revolutionary Road," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Doubt" expand at the European box office this weekend, where "Valkyrie" is expected to hold well in its major markets…