Magazine article Variety

Last Year's Local Bumper Crop Tough Act to Follow

Magazine article Variety

Last Year's Local Bumper Crop Tough Act to Follow

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Germany's box office looks likely to remain robust in view of this year's major tentpole pics, but local films may find it hard to match the success of homegrown fare released in 2006.

Producer-distrib Constantin Film led domestic players with its boffo performer "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," which garnered an eye-opening $53 million locally.

Pic, along with other local hits like World Cup doc "Deutschland: Ein Sommermaerchen" and "The Lives of Others" helped increase the market share of domestic films by 26%.

Hollywood blockbusters about prehistoric mammals, supernatural pirates and the latest search for the Holy Grail further boosted the overall box office by 9.3%.

According to Constantin Film topper Fred Kogel, 2007 will prove a similarly strong year in view of upcoming franchise titles such as "Spider-Man 3," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Shrek the Third," with an increase of 5% to 10% "quite possible."

Offering an alternative to this year's slate of Hollywood popcorn are numerous high-profile domestic and international titles from local distribs.

Kinowelt is releasing "Free Rainer," Hans Weingartner's follow-up to 2004's "The Edukators," about a jaded TV exec who declares war on trash TV. …

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