Box Office: Sunshine, Not World Cup, Drives German Drop

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"Neighbors" was the top-grossing film of the second quarter in Germany.

Warm weather is being blamed for the 33 percent decline in second-quarter box-office revenue.

For once, it wasn't the fault of the World Cup.

The international soccer tournament is traditionally box-office poison in Germany as fans stay home or go to pubs to watch the matches and theater grosses suffer.

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But second-quarter figures from Rentrak, which show German box office fell sharply, point to another seasonal factor as the real reason behind the collapse: the weather.

Box-office revenue between April and June, not counting the upcoming final June weekend, was around $225 million (€165 million), a 33 percent drop from the first quarter, according to Rentrak.

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But the weakest weeks in the period did not come during the World Cup, suggesting that the good weather — which always hurts German box office — was more to blame than the soccer.

A lack of top Hollywood titles was certainly also a factor.

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The comedy Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron was the top earner in the period, with a gross of just over $16 million (€12 million) for Universal. Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street remains the top-grossing film of the year so far in Germany, with a take of more than $30 million (€22 million).

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