Magazine article Screen International

German Box Office Topped [Euro]1bn in 2013

Magazine article Screen International

German Box Office Topped [Euro]1bn in 2013

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German cinemas generated more than [euro]1bn ($1.37m) at the box office in 2013 for the second year running.

According to official figures published by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) in Berlin on Thursday morning, the German box office totalled [euro]1.023bn ($1.4bn) in 2013.

FFA CEO Peter Dinges reported that total cinema admissions had fallen year-on-year by 4% from 135.1m to 129.7m year-on-year, while the box office takings had contracted by 1% from 2012's [euro]1.033bn ($1.41bn).

He explained that 2013 had not seen international blockbusters such as Harry Potter or Intouchables, which had each been seen by up to 9 million cinemagoers in 2012.

Consequently, he described the final figures for 2013 as "satisfactory, but not a good box office result".

German upswing

German cinema saw an upward swing in Its fortunes with the market share jumping from 2012's 18.1% to 26.2%, with 33.6m tickets sold for local releases.

This was largely thanks to the runaway success of Fack Ju Göthe (known internationally as Suck Me Shakespeer and sold by Picture Tree International), which had been seen by 5.6m cinemagoers by the end of 2013 and was the number one film in the German box office, calculated by admissions.

This week, the film's producer Lena Schoemann told ScreenDaily that the film has now passed the 6.8m admissions mark.

Dinges added that another six German films had each posted more than 1m admissions during 2013, such as Kokowääh 2, The Physician, Frau Ella and Schlussmacher..

Moreover, 3D films are becoming increasingly important for the German exhibitors, as the FFA's statistics showed: 31.3m tickets were sold for 3D releases - up from 2012's 28.9m - with a market share of 24.4%, the highest figure since statistics began in 2010.

Neumann to serve as FFA President

Durig the FFA press conference, Dinges introduced former State Minister for Culture and Media Bernd Neumann as the new FFA President and chairman of national film fund's administrative council. He succeeds producer Eberhard Junkersdorf, who had held these positions since 1999, and was elected to a five year term in this function at the council's constituent session on Wednesday.

Speaking at the press conference, Neumann said the strong presence of German cinema at this year's Berlinale was "proof of the international competitiveness of German films".

¨Thanks to the judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court, we now finally have clarity on the future of the FFA and have secured its further existence,¨ he continued. …

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