×

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.

Popular on Variety

“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.