German Box Office Slumps in First Quarter

German audience's love Til Schweiger's comedy Kokowaah

Local films' success can't make up for lack of 'Avatar'-style blockbuster.

COLOGNE, Germany - German box office slipped $37 million (€26.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011 to $318 million (€225 million) even as audiences returned to local productions, such as  Til Schweiger's hit Kokowaah.

Without an Avatar to pull in punters, Germany's ticket sales slipped to their lowest first quarter result in three years, with under 31 million tickets sold through March 27 of this year, according to figures from Rentrak EDI.

German-language features were not hit by the slump, however. Schweiger's family comedy Kokowaah has earned some $42 million (€30 million) so far this year and there have be several mid-sized hits, including The Crocodiles 3, the final edition in a teen franchise, which has earned nearly $6 million (€4.1 million) and immigrant comedy Almanya, a sleeper hit with $5 million (€3.5 million) in the till and counting. Even a purely art-house film - Wim Wenders' 3-D dance movie Pina - has found an wide audience, earning nearly $4 million (€2.8 million) in its first four weeks in release.