Industries & Festivals — January 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

German box office 2012 hits all-time record

germany“Skyfall,” “The Hobbit” and French comedy “The Intouchables” push German ticket revenues past $1.3 billion for the year, helping the country towards its best-ever box office result last year, with ticket revenues up nearly 8 percent over the previous year, according to the Hollywood reporter.

Sony Pictures’ “Skyfall”, which has earned $83 million in Germany so far; Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey ($60 million and counting for Warner Bros. Germany) and the French comedy The Intouchables, which grossed $82 million for local indie Senator, countered any damage done by the Europe Soccer Championships and the London Olympics this summer.

Revenue and attendance figures shot up, affirming Germany’s continued position as a rock-solid territory in what has become a shaky European neighborhood.

Figures from Rentrak, which do not include preview revenues, put German box office take at $1.29 billion (€985 million) for the period from Dec. 29, 2011 to Dec. 30, 2012.

Preview figures, and box office take from non-traditional screenings, such as live music and sports events, should put German revenue over the €1 billion ($1.31 billion) benchmark for the first time ever.

Other strong performers included The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 ($37.5 million for Concorde) and the 3-D animated hits Ice Age: Continental Drift ($68 million for Fox) and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ($40 million for Paramount).

The German film board will put out its official box office figures in February, ahead of the Berlin Film Festival.

The only downside to a stellar 2012 was the performance of local titles.

Constantin Film’s culture-clash comedy Turkish For Beginners earned an impressive $21.5 million (€16.4 million) but it was the only German-language film to sell more than 1 million tickets last year.

Even Guardians, the hotly-anticipated action film from local superstar Til Schweiger missed the mark, selling 708,000 tickets for a $7.35 million (€5.6 million) take.

According to Rentrak figures, revenue for German films plunged 20.8 percent, with local titles accounting for just 13.7 percent of total box office, down from 18.9 percent a year earlier.

In Nov. 2012, Germany has secured an additional 10 million Euros for the DFFF incentive programme’s annual budget from next year (2013), bringing the total available to domestic and international productions up to 70 million Euros.

The increase was granted by the Bundestag’s Budget Committee on Nov. 8 as part of a 100 million Euros boost for expenditure on culture in 2013, and comes just a month after the European Commission greenlit the DFFF for another three years to the end of 2015.

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