German boxoffice beats the recession

Local titles achieve 2nd best results on record

BERLIN -- The German boxoffice beat both the recession and the summer heat, recording a 13.4% jump to €422 million ($602 million) in the first six months of the year, the best first half result since 2002.

Hollywood tentpoles "Angels & Demons," "Ice Age 3" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" put bums on seats but home-grown titles held their own.

Led by Oscar-winner "The Reader," local comedy "Mannersache" and kids hit "Lilly the Witch," German-produced features accounted for 25.4% of first half admissions, the second highest level on record.