Homegrown films hit home run in Germany

Local-language movies account for one-third of boxoffice

BERLIN -- One in three movie tickets sold in Germany in the first half of this year was for a homegrown film, an all-time industry record.

Local-language hits including the romantic comedy "Rabbit Without Ears," teen drama "The Wave" and kids franchise "The Wild Soccer Bunch" accounted for a 34% share of Germany's total first-half boxoffice of 373 million euros ($548 million).

Hollywood looks set to make a comeback in the second half, with "The Dark Knight" leading the way with a strong opening last week and James Bond set to follow up with the German release of "Quantum of Solace" on Nov. 6. But everyone here is waiting to see how Bernd Eichinger's new production, "The Baader Meinhof Complex," performs when it opens Sept. 25.
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