BERLIN — Following a strong showing in 2006, Germany’s box office slipped 7% last year, due in part to underperforming local titles.
According to preliminary figures published by Nielsen EDI, the German box office reached Euros 737.2 million ($1.08 million) from Jan. 1 to Dec. 30.
Final figures, due out in February from the German Federal Film Board, are sure to be slightly higher in view of the year-end boost over the final weekend of 2007, which saw a whopping 72.5% increase in ticket sales thanks to major hits such as local comedy “Keinohrhasen,” starring and directed by Til Schweiger, which has so far cumed north of $15 million.
Other year-end hits such as “The Golden Compass” and “Enchanted” contributed to what turned out to be the strongest weekend of 2007 at the Teutonic box office.
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“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” remained the year’s biggest hit with $67.3 million, followed by “Pirates of the Caribbean: At the End of the World” ($64 million); “Ratatouille” ($49 million), “The Simpsons Movie” ($39 million), and, rounding out the top five, “Spider-Man 3,” which webbed a total of $32 million.