German Box Office Tumbles 12 Percent in 2016 Despite 'Toni Erdmann' Success

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'Toni Erdmann'

The Oscar-nominated film and refugee comedy 'Welcome to Germany' were among the local-language hits in an otherwise slow year.

The box office in Germany saw a double-digit drop in 2016, according to official figures published Wednesday by the German Federal Film Board.

Revenue fell 12.4 percent to €1.023 billion ($1.1 billion), while admissions dropped by $18.1 million, or 13 percent, to $121.1 million.

U.S. animation films, led by Zootopia, The Secret Life of Pets and Finding Dory, were among the few highlights in an otherwise slow year.

German films accounted for 22.7 percent of total admissions, down from 27.5 percent a year earlier.

Welcome to Germany (aka Welcome to the Hartmanns), a feel-good comedy set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis, was the surprise local blockbuster of the year, earning close to $30 million.

Another sleeper hit was Maren Ade's Oscar-nominated tragicomedy Toni Erdmann, which grossed nearly $5 million locally. Paramount has picked up English-language remake rights for the film, with Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig set to star as the father and daughter played by Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller in Ade's original.