German Box Office: 'Sniper' in the Shadow of 'Fifty Shades'

Fifty Shades of Grey Still 1 - H 2015
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Fifty Shades of Grey Still 1 - H 2015

Sam Taylor-Johnson's erotic thriller took the top spot in Germany for the third weekend running, beating out newcomer 'American Sniper.'

U.S. audiences dumped Sam Taylor-Johnson's Fifty Shades of Grey as quickly as yesterday's one-night stand, but Germany is still hot for her adaptation of the EJ James erotic thriller.

Fifty Shades took the top spot at the German box office for a third weekend running, selling close to half a million tickets and boosting its gross to around $34 million.

The film, which stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, held off an attack from Clint Eastwood's American Sniper, which opened in the second spot in Germany with a strong $3.5 million gross. The political controversy surrounding Sniper has been widely reported in the German press, but rather than scaring off audiences, it has garnered free publicity for the war drama.

Behind the two U.S. imports was Traumfrauen, a German rom-com from screenwriter-turned-director Anika Decker, which has earned $2.8 million so far and is on its way to becoming a sleeper hit.

But another German feature is runaway success story of the year so far. Head Full of Honey, a dementia dramedy from multi-hyphenate Til Schweiger, shot past the 6 million admissions mark this weekend and has overtaken The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in terms of ticket sales in the German market. With a box-office gross of $55 million and counting, Schweiger's film is already the title to beat for 2015.