German Comedy ‘Fack Ju Goehte 2’ Earns $48.4M in 19 Days

LONDON — German high-school comedy “Fack Ju Goehte 2,” the follow-up to the $70 million box-office hit, has generated a theatrical gross on home turf of Euros 43.2 million ($48.4 million) in 19 days.

The movie, which was released on Sept. 10 by Constantin Film, follows a renegade teacher and his delinquent class on a school trip to Thailand. It has clocked up 5.3 million admissions in Germany, and a further 460,000 in Austria and Switzerland.

The movie is written and directed by Bora Dagtekin, who helmed the most successful German movie of 2012, “Turkish for Beginners,” and is produced by Lena Schoemann and Dagtekin for Constantin.

Elyas M’Barek plays the errant teacher Zeki Mueller and Karoline Herfurth is his colleague Lisi Schnabelstedt, while the students include Jella Haase as Chantal, Gizem Emre as Zeynep, and Max von der Groeben as Danger.

The first film, whose title translates as “F–k You Goehte,” topped Germany’s box office in 2013 with $70 million. Picture Tree Intl., which is handling international sales on both movies, sold the first pic to more than 40 territories, and has licensed the second to Big Bang (Hungary), Cinemart (Czech Republic/Slovakia), 2I Film (Ex-Yugoslavia), Fil Vision (Kazakhstan/Kyrgyzstan) and Luxor (Russia/CIS), so far.

Watch the international trailer here.

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