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Post Germany Box-Office Thread
Well, I think it has become somewhat logical that someone would represent this country as well ;)



Here's my review of the year so far:


Anyway, this year has been really messed up by hot weather and the Euro 2008. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull was widely expected to become one of the year's Top 3 grossers at least, but now it looks like it won't even finish in the Top 5. A similar fate also hit Sex and the City which had amazing presales, but the hot weather simply destroyed its chances at being really huge.

Because of Euro 2008, there were no major releases during June and therefore, Sex and the City stayed at #1 for 5 weeks, while Indy was #1 for a week and then #2 for five more weeks.

The biggest shocker (but also the consequence of what I desrcibed above) is that a DOCUMENTARY at this point is still the biggest movie of the year in Germany. Earth managed over 3.5 million admissions, making it a certified blockbuster by Germany's terms and the first and only really big blockbuster of the year.

Another big surprise (to an extent) is probably P.S., I Love You which opened to relatively big 500,000 admissions back in January and had good legs that brought its total to 2.1 million admissions and a current spot in the year's Top 10.


Some general trends that need to be noted:

Romances do very well in Germany in general, whereas comic book adaptations (Spider-Man aside) are ALWAYS a tough sell. With all the great marketing, the first release date of May and the great reviews, Iron Man still resides just at #20 of the year right now and movies like Step Up 2 the Streets and The Game Plan outdid it. Quite sad. That said, Iron Man still did better than, say, Hulk, Daredevil or both Fantastic Four movies.


Despite the all-star cast Charlie Wilson's War bombed in Germany, probably because of the topic. Also, the local pics were relatively strong. Two German movies (Die Wilden Kerle 5 and Die Welle) are in the Top 10, as well as two movies co-produced by Germany (Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games and Earth)

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I wonder will they make another Wlden Kerle movie or kids are getting to old for one more installment? Surprisingly also Sommer did pretty good with close to 1 mln admissions despite awful reviews. Jimmy Blue must be really popular among teen girls there.


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Well, they said that Die Wilden Kerle 5 is definitely the last one.

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Post Re: Germany Box-Office Thread (July 3-6 Box-Office)
As German box-office is usually measured in admissions, just like the Austrian box-office, here are the admission numbers for the last weekend

July 3-6, 2008


Rank - Movie - Weekend admissions - Change from Last Week - Total admissions - Week #


1. Hancock - 1,194,879 - NEW - 1,194,879 - 1
2. Kung Fu Panda - 500,016 - NEW - 500,016 - 1
3. Sex and the City - 69,666 - -24.1% - 2,117,005 - 6
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull - 48,641 - -36% - 2,629,887 - 7
5. Happy-Go-Lucky - 45,090 - NEW - 45,090 - 1
6. Nim's Island - 37,340 - -37.8% - 207,158 - 3
7. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - 36,881 - -34% - 348,672 - 4
8. The Happening - 24,502 - -54.8% - 384,197 - 4
9. The Bank Job - 14,383 - -45.9% - 111,579 - 3
10. Sommer - 10,861 - N/A - 924,242 - 12

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Post Re: Germany Box-Office Thread (July 3-6 Box-Office)
Got an all time admissions list?


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All-time admissions list (since 1968 actually):

* = including rereleases


1. The Jungle Book - 27,394,000 *
2. Titanic - 18,081,331
3. Once Upon a Time in the West - 13,000,000 *
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 12,556,007
5. Trinity Is STILL My Name! - 12,267,000 *
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - 11,831,850
7. Der Schuh des Manitu - 11,719,160
8. The Lion King - 11,333,217
9. Aristocrats - 11,294,000 *
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - 10,691,738
11. Pretty Woman - 10,625,337
12. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - 10,430,320
13. The Rescuers - 9,767,000 *
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 9,693,596
15. Jurassic Park - 9,367,216
16. Independence Day - 9,258,993
17. (T)Raumschiff Surprise: Periode I - 9,165,932
18. Otto - Der Film - 8,783,766
19. Ice Age: The Meltdown - 8,732,937
20. Dirty Dancing - 8,704,585
21. Finding Nemo - 8,678,707
22. Papillon - 8,500,000
23. E.T. - 8,323,831 *
24. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace - 8,044,788
25. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - 8,021,000 *


Courtesy of insidekino.de

http://insidekino.de/DJahr/DAlltime100.htm

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Post Re: Germany Box-Office Thread (July 3-6 + all-time Top 25!)
Sweet, thanks. Why the heck was The Jungle Book so huge?


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Many rereleases, HUGELY popular songs...

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Post Re: Germany Box-Office Thread (July 3-6 + all-time Top 25!)
Doc, I guess we opened the Pandora's box - now we'll start seeing more country-specific threads made by those countries' residents. :shades:


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Thankfully not every country is represented here by someone, heh...

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Post Re: Germany Box-Office Thread (July 3-6 + all-time Top 25!)
Din't the Raumschiff Surprise outgrossed Manitu in dollar terms? By the way, in Russia Raumschiff Surprise was translated as SPACE WATCH: EPISODE I :lol: I guess it's pretty self-evident which movies they tried to capitalize on...

22. Papillon - 8,500,000 - is it the one with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman?


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Maybe I should start Poland Box Office thread :P


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Rumpelschtiltzchen wrote:
Din't the Raumschiff Surprise outgrossed Manitu in dollar terms? By the way, in Russia Raumschiff Surprise was translated as SPACE WATCH: EPISODE I :lol: I guess it's pretty self-evident which movies they tried to capitalize on...


I don't know, but it'd surprise me, there were only 3 years between them and the gap in admissions is big...

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22. Papillon - 8,500,000 - is it the one with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman?


Yep.

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Maybe I should start Poland Box Office thread :P

I was gonna ask you to do that! That would be cool! Start this thread. There's a lot of things I'd like to talk about. :thumbsup:


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It should be noted that all movies in the all-time list prior to 1990 do not include East German results (even though only a few of them were released there anyway)

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Rumpelschtiltzchen wrote:
22. Papillon - 8,500,000 - is it the one with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman?


Yep.

I love that movie so much! Glad that it was so big there.

So, what German biggies we can expect in the rest of the year?


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Rumpelschtiltzchen wrote:
Dr. Lecter wrote:
Rumpelschtiltzchen wrote:
22. Papillon - 8,500,000 - is it the one with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman?


Yep.

I love that movie so much! Glad that it was so big there.

So, what German biggies we can expect in the rest of the year?


Local films or all films?

As for all - Madagascar 2 should be BIG because the first was huge here and very beloved for some reason. Expect 5+ million admissions.

Quantum of Solace
will do very well. All recent Bond flicks had admissions around 5-6 million, this will be the same.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince will likely win the year with 7.5 million admissions or so. The last one got 7 million in the summer, this should be bigger thanks to the release date.

Ratatouille was big here and very beloved. WALL-E is getting great marketing, so I see around 4-6 million admissions for it too.

As for local films, Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex will probably rule...very high profile film.

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Intersting to see the LOTR trilogy decreased in Germany each time.

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And just to remember this:


FOTR, Harry Potter 1 and Der Schuh des Manitu (all in the Top 7) were released in the same year.


That's the same as if The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Spider-Man were released in the very same year...

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Is there any buzz at all for TDK?

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Is there any buzz at all for TDK?


No, not much. Begins was the worst Batman film admissions-wise in Germany...TDK will do better, but won't be huge.

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Damn and I thought germans were smart :disgust:

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Wow, I never though Pretty Woman would appear in the all-time top 25 admissions list of any country, or a huge country for that matter.

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Wow, I never though Pretty Woman would appear in the all-time top 25 admissions list of any country, or a huge country for that matter.


Romantic comedies are fairly big in Germany, no?


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Perhaps, but I certainly did not expect it above huge blockbusters, especially RotK.

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