Soccer, sunshine hurt German B.O.

Second-quarter receipts drop 50%

BERLIN — Germany’s box office dropped a whopping 50% in the second quarter of the year, compared to the first, as sunny skies and soccer kept Teutons either outdoors or glued to the tube.

Second-quarter B.O. receipts were e119.3 million ($187.3 million) compared to $372 million for the first three months of the year, making a first-half total of $561.5 million, according to Nielsen EDI figures.

Facing little in the way of competition, Universal’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” led the charge, amassing $27.5 million since its May 22 release, followed by Warner’s “Sex and the City” with $22.3 million, and Fox’s “What Happens in Vegas” with $11.3 million. They were the only three films to attract more than one million viewers between April and June.

Disney’s local beach-blanket teen romance “Sommer” (Summer) was the most successful German pic of the quarter, garnering $7.9 million.

In contrast to the sluggish business of the past three months, the first quarter saw a 33% B.O. upsurge compared to the same period last year. Total half-year revenue is on par with that of 2007.

Facing the double whammy of sweltering temperatures and soccer — during last month’s European soccer championships, millions of fans watched the matches on screens set up outdoors — distribs held back high-profile titles including “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” “Wall-E,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Get Smart.”

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