German boxoffice soars 25% to $1.4 billion

Admissions up 16.4% to 144 million in 2009

COLOGNE, Germany -- Germany ended 2009 on a high note as boxoffice soared 25% year-on-year to €964 million ($1.4 billion), according to figures released by Nielsen EDI.

Admissions were up 16.4% in Germany to 144 million tickets sold. Nearly one in three (27%) was bought for a German production, a clear indication of the maturity of the local production market.

Munich indie Constantin Film had its strongest year ever, with six local-language features topping the 1 million admissions mark -- the standard measure for a blockbuster in Germany.

Warner's boxoffice take €176.4 million ($254 million) take made it the strongest distributor in Germany in 2009. But the number one film of the year was 20th Century Fox's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which sold nearly 9 million tickets for €56.5 million ($81 million) in the territory.

Being in 3D helped "Ice Age" goose its boxoffice -- a factor that's helped "Avatar," which is closing in on 4 million admissions and €40 million ($58 million) boxoffice in Germany.
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