German Box Office: 'Shaun the Sheep' Clips 'Insurgent'

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The claymation hit opens at No. 1 for StudioCanal ahead of the family-friendly Easter holiday weekend.

Given the Germans' culinary habits, sheep would be expected to dread Easter weekend, when lamb chops are a traditional holiday meal. But a particular lamb will be bleating for joy ahead of the long weekend after Shaun the Sheep topped the German box-office charts, opening to $2.3 million (€2.1 million) here.

The stellar start puts the StudioCanal title in an ideal position for the Easter weekend, when family-friendly titles tend to dominate. Shaun's performance beat out that of StudioCanal's Paddington, which opened to $2 million in Germany last December, en route to an impressive $13 million total haul. The finesse with which the French-owned studio has released both titles bodes well for its first German-language release, a reboot of family classic Heidi, set for a Dec. 3 bow here. 

Shaun's opening left the competition sheared and shivering in the cold, including YA actioner Insurgent, from German director Robert Schwentke, which grossed $1.7 million in its opening weekend to take the No. 2 slot in Germany. That was still up on the first entry in the Divergent trilogy, which opened to $1.35 million in Germany last April.

Three holdover titles made up the rest of the top five, with Disney's live-action Cinderella and Matthew Vaughn's The Kingsman in the third and fourth spots, respectively, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey, which has earned close to $40 million in Germany so far.