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‘Titanic’ floats German B.O.

Teutonic boxoffice has strongest Q1 ever

BERLIN — The German box office experienced its strongest first quarter ever, the German Federal Film Board (FFA) announced on Tuesday. Admissions reached 46.5 million in the first three months of 1998, an increase of 17.2% compared with the same period last year.

“The incredible success of ‘Titanic’ is part of the story, but the arrival of new multiplexes also played an important role,” FFA chairman Rolf Baehr told reporters at a news conference in Berlin. Six multiplexes with 45 screens opened during the first three months of 1998.

With a market share of 11.1%, German films had a relatively weak first quarter. Baehr described the slow performance as “part of a cycle of ups and downs.” Baehr said he expects the German market share – 17.3% in 1997 – to recover in the course of the year.