Winter cold at German boxoffice


It's been a gray winter for German theater owners, with boxoffice sales down sharply in the first quarter (HR 3/30).

Only 27.4 million movie tickets were sold in Germany from Jan. 1-March 25, a 10% drop from the same period a year ago. At €166 million ($221 million), total boxoffice was some 9% below the €180 million booked during the same period in 2005, according to figures released Thursday by EDI Nielsen.

There have been no blockbusters in Germany this year. The most successful film in the territory has been local kids production "The Wild Soccer Bunch 4," which has sold more than 2.3 million tickets for a total boxoffice of €11.3 million ($15 million).