German Box Office: 'Fifty Shades,' Til Schweiger's 'Head Full of Honey' Hold Strong

'Head Full of Honey'

Schweiger's Alzheimer dramedy is closing in on 6 million admissions, while the Dakota Johnson-Jamie Dornan film has sold more than 2.5 million tickets in Germany.

Domestic box office for Fifty Shades of Grey went limp during its second weekend, but Sam Taylor-Johnson's movie continued to entice German audiences, holding onto the top slot in the territory over its second weekend.

Fifty Shades sold 790,000 tickets in its sophomore outing, grossing some $8 million, enough to win the bracket in the territory. In total, the film, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, has sold upwards of 2.5 million tickets in Germany so far, grossing close to $25 million.

But that's chump change compared with homegrown hit Head Full of Honey, from local hitmeister Til Schweiger. The latest family-friendly dramedy from the actor/writer/director celebrated its ninth week in the German top five, with 225,000 admissions and a $2.1 million weekend gross.

Head Full of Honey has earned around $55 million for distributor Warner Bros. in Germany so far and looks set to break the 6 million admissions barrier by next weekend. If it keeps up the pace, the film could close in on Schweiger's 2007 hit Rabbit Without Ears, his most successful film to date, which earned some $74 million locally.

Anika Decker, who, together with Schweiger, co-wrote the screenplay for Rabbit Without Ears, landed in the top five with her directorial debut, Traumfrauen. The rom-com earned some $3.5 million in its opening weekend, losing out only to Fifty Shades and new entry The SpongeBob Movie, which grossed $4.5 million in Germany on its first weekend.

Also new to the German charts were Selma and Whiplash, two titles hoping their success at the Oscars will translate into a international box-office bump. Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King biopic grossed $283,000 in its first frame, while Whiplash brought in around $108,000 over its first German weekend.

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