BERLIN — The market share of German films on home turf grew 6.9% in the first nine months of the year, resulting in an excellent 21.3% slice of the box office pie.
Uptick was boosted by the success of “Keinohrhasen” (Rabbit Without Ears), “The Wave,” “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” “Cherry Blossoms” and “Wild Soccer Bunch 5.”
Local pics have performed better than in 2006, one of the most successful years for German films in recent memory, when local titles accounted for a 20.3% share in the same frame.
Last year revenue generated by domestic productions reached only 14.4%.
According to figures published by Nielsen EDI, which did not include international co-productions, Teutonic titles generated E116.6 million ($160 million) at the box office from January through October. Adding the boffo gross of German-U.K. co-production “Earth,” this year’s local market share climbs to more than 25%.
“Keinohrhasen,” the romantic comedy directed by and starring local superstar Til Schweiger, remains the most successful film of the year, ahead of Hollywood blockbusters like “Hancock,” “Mamma Mia!” and “The Dark Knight.”
The Warner Bros. release opened in December and spent 15 weeks in the top 10, garnering $55.15 million.