Til Schweiger rom-com tops German charts

'TwoEarChick' earns nearly $10 mil in its opening weekend

COLOGNE, Germany -- Til Schweiger has returned to his customary place at the top of the German boxoffice with his new film, "Zweiohrkuken" (TwoEarChick), which knocked vampire behemoth "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" into second slot in the territory.

Preliminary figures suggest "Zweiohrkuken" earned nearly $10 million in its opening weekend bow with around 850,000 tickets sold. "New Moon," which opened last week with a $17 million number one bow, secured a strong number two position in Germany with 525,000 tickets sold in its second weekend.

The performance of Schwieger's romantic comedy -- the sequel to his 2007 smash "Rabbit Without Ears" -- represents the second-best start this year for a German film -- behind children's title "Vicky The Viking" -- and is a personal best for the Teutonic multihyphenate (Schweiger directed, co-produced, co-wrote and stars in "Zweiohrkuken.")

"Rabbit Without Ears" bowed to just 450,000 viewers but went on to sell 6.3 million tickets for a $60 million boxoffice. Both Schweiger films are released locally by Warner Bros.