German Box Office: Cooler Weather Boosts Overall Ticket Sales

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'Straight Outta Compton'

Admissions up 20 percent, despite few new entries, as 'Straight Outta Compton' holds on to top spot.

After a long, hot summer which has driven German audiences out of theaters and into parks and beer gardens, distributors and cinema owners had reason to celebrate this past weekend with the arrival of cooler, fall weather  and with it, stronger box office.

Ticket sales were up around 20 percent this past weekend with a total gross of just under $9 million. This bodes well for the rest of the year, and the upcoming release, on Thursday, of Suck Me Shakespeer 2, the sequel to a local-language hit, will be closely watched as a box-office barometer.

This past weekend there were few big new entries to challenge Universal's Straight Outta Compton, which held onto the number one slot for the second weekend running, earning $1.23 million (€1.1 million) on admissions of 120,000. Minions, another Universal title, shot back up the charts to second spot, benefiting from the end of school vacation. The animated hit earned $1.07 million (€960,000) in its 10th weekend in release. The Despicable Me prequel is closing in on Ice Age 4 as the sixth-most successful animated film release of all time in Germany. Behind it was Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which added a further $904,000 (€810,000) to its take.

Transporter Refueled, the reboot of Luc Besson's action franchise, was the top new entry, with a $703,000 (€630,000) take. Hitman: Agent 47, another action reboot, earned $558,000 (€500,000) in its second weekend to close out the top 5.

Queen of the Desert, Werner Herzog's new feature starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, failed to crack the top ten in its debut in Germany, earning $296,000 (€265,000) to land in 12th spot.

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