Local films grab 27.4% of German b.o.

Revenue jumped to $1.34 billion in 2009

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BERLIN -- The German boxoffice exploded in 2009, with homegrown features grabbing nearly a third of the receipts.

Boxoffice revenue jumped 22.8% to €976 million ($1.34 billion) last year, according to official figures released Wednesday by the German Federal Film Board. Ticket sales were up 13.1% to 146.3 million admissions.

German movies, from such mainstream commercial fare as "Vicky the Viking" and "Rabbit Without Ears 2" to "The White Ribbon" and similar art house fare, accounted for 27.4% of tickets sold, or 40 million admissions. While Hollywood held its own, thanks in particular to 3-D hits "Avatar," "Ice Age 3" and "Up," for the second year running, fewer than 100 million tickets were sold in Germany for U.S. films.

German films look set to continue their winning streak in 2010. Already this year, two German features -- East-West comedy "Friendship!" and Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen" -- have passed the 1 million admissions mark, the standard measure of a blockbuster in the territory.
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