Cinema celebrates an impressive comeback in Germany
by Birgit Heidsiek
- The German Federal Film Board has presented the box-office figures for the first half of 2015
With total box-office takings of €545 million, German cinemas did some great business in the first half of 2015. Thanks to strong crowd-pleasers such as the German comedy Head Full of Honey [+see also:
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Besides Schweiger’s comedy hit, which attracted 5.9 million cinema visitors in 2015, five further German films such as Dreamgirls [+see also:
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With a total of 4,638 screens, the number of cinemas keeps growing. In 2015, the FFA spotted seven more sites where a cinema is now located. In Germany, 1,170 exhibition companies are currently running 1,632 cinemas. “Our industry has been waiting for a long time for such great results,” stated FFA president Peter Dinges. “In the first six months, cinema celebrated an impressive comeback.” Various US blockbusters, but also several German movies, led to this positive outcome, and the great result also reflects the courage and optimism of the exhibitors. “It is the first time in the last decade that the number of cinemas is growing again,” underlined Dinges, who has high hopes that 2015 will become a strong year for the cinemas. Among the upcoming films with great commercial potential are the German comedy Suck Me Shakespeer 2 [+see also:
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