German films take 25% market share

'Vicky the Viking,' 'Pope Joan' lead local boxoffice

BERLIN -- Germany's local production success continued this year -- according to figures released by Nielsen EDI Thursday, German-made movies accounted for more than a quarter of boxoffice receipts in 2009.

German films -- which include co-productions such as "The Reader" -- earned €226. 5 million ($325 million) from Jan. 1 – Dec.13, a 25.7% market share. As a percentage of total tickets sold, German films did even better. According to Nielsen, nearly a third -- 27% -- of all tickets sold in the territory, 35.8 million in total, were for local fare. That compares to 33.9 million for all of 2008.

Munich-based mini-major Constantin Film again dominated the local scene, with the top two German features: Michael "Bully" Herbig's kids comedy "Vicky the Viking" ($40 million boxoffice) and Sonke Wortmann's papal epic "Pope Joan" ($24 million). Stephen Daldry's "The Reader," which Senator Film released here, has earned around $21 million in Germany.

Til Schweiger's latest romcom "Rabbit Without Ears 2," the sequel to his 2008 smash hit, is likely to close the year as one of the top local performers. "Rabbit 2" has earned $18 million in its first two weeks and still sits atop the German boxoffice, although it will yield the number one slot to "Avatar" this weekend.