U.S. pics slip at Dutch boxoffice

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AMSTERDAM -- The market share of U.S. films in the Netherlands fell 12% in 2007 if you label U.S.-funded films made in the U.K. as European productions, according to Dutch distribution trade body the Nederlandse Verenging van Filmdistributeurs (NVF).

"In our statistics we have regarded 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' and 'Mr. Bean's Holiday,' both in the top 10 of 2007, as European productions," chairman Wilco Wolfers told The Hollywood Reporter. "That makes a considerable difference in the market share. Also our local hit, 'Alles is Liefde' (Love is All), had a big impact on the results."

The tragicomedy "Alles is Liefde," a Dutch take on "Love Actually," attracted 1.2 million cinemagoers in 2007, taking it to third place in the top 10 of 2007. On the back of that film's success, the local market share hit 13.5%, the highest share in a decade here.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" took the top spot with 1.3 million admissions, ahead of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" with 1.2 million.

Family films such as "Timboektoe," "Het Paard van Sinterklaas" and "Zoop in South America" also did well at the boxoffice.

But nearly all homegrown art house films including "Wolfsbergen," "Duska," "Nadine" and "Blind" flopped, with most titles failing to cross the 10,000 admissions mark.

The total boxoffice in the Netherlands in 2007 hit €153.8 million ($227.6 million), down 1.3% from the previous year, on the back of 22.1 million admissions, which fell 5.4%.

However, the NVF points out that in 2006 the result was measured over 53 weeks, bolstering the totals by an extra week.
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