Magazine article Screen International

Box Office Analysis 2015: Germany

Magazine article Screen International

Box Office Analysis 2015: Germany

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This year is poised to be a record one at the German box office, with more than 90 million tickets sold and receipts of $808m (euro754m) already posted for the first nine months of this year. This is an increase of 14.7% and 16.7% respectively over the same period in 2014.

The year-on-year increase can be explained in part by the hike in the average ticket price from $8.73 (euro8.14) to $8.91 (euro8.31), as well as a number of releases attracting more than four million admissions such as Fast & Furious 7, Fifty Shades Of Grey and local hits Honig Im Kopf and Fack Ju Göhte 2.

Indeed, although represented only by a handful of titles, local films have dominated the box office through the year; beginning with Til Schweiger's tragicomic road movie Honig Im Kopf, which Warner Bros released on December 25, 2014. It was the biggest film of the year until the release of Minions in July.

The tables were turned again when Constantin Film launched the irreverent comedy Fack Ju Göhte 2, Bora Dagtekin's sequel to his 2013 hit comedy, on September 10. The film scored 2.1 million admissions on its first weekend, the biggest opening for a German film in history. (By comparison, Spectre was seen by 1.7 million cinema-goers in its first four days). Fack Ju Göhte 2 again stars Elyas M'Barek as the bank robber-turned-school teacher who this time takes his unruly students to Thailand. It took just six weeks on release for the film to become the most successful German film of all time.

The other big local film of the year is David Wnendt's satirical Hitler comedy Look Who's Back (Er Ist Wieder Da). …

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