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2005 | 2004

10 items from 2005


German b.o. down in '05 after record year

21 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MUNICH -- Germany will see a double-digit drop in cinema ticket revenues this year, after hitting record highs in 2004, local distributors and theater owners said at a year-end press conference Tuesday in Berlin. They also predicted that 2006 should be a year of more growth. "We are confident that 2005 will end up being a year that is not among the best in history," said Johannes Klingsporn, managing director of the film distributors' association VDF, "but it will certainly not be among the worst." A lack of blockbusters from Hollywood as well as a year in which no local films broke the 3 million ticket mark, were among the factors cited by analysts for the dramatic decline in income. Last year, German films such as Dreamship Surprise and Downfall were among the nation's top grossers. But thanks to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, November 2005 outpaced the same month last year. Meanwhile, Chronicles of Narnia also had a huge first weekend and King Kong is set to premiere in Germany this weekend. »

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German b.o. down in '05 after record year

14 December 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

MUNICH -- Germany will see a double-digit drop in cinema ticket revenues this year, after hitting record highs in 2004, local distributors and theater owners said at a year-end press conference Tuesday in Berlin. They also predicted that 2006 should be a year of more growth. "We are confident that 2005 will end up being a year that is not among the best in history," said Johannes Klingsporn, managing director of the film distributors' association VDF, "but it will certainly not be among the worst." A lack of blockbusters from Hollywood as well as a year in which no local films broke the 3 million ticket mark, were among the factors cited by Klingsporn for the dramatic decline in income. Last year, German films such as Dreamship Surprise and Downfall were among the nation's top grossers. But thanks to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, November 2005 outpaced the same month last year. Meanwhile, Chronicles of Narnia also had a huge first weekend and King Kong is set to premiere in Germany this weekend. »

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No 'Surprise': Constantin takes boxoffice hit in Q3

17 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- A weaker theatrical slate that lacked the boxoffice muscle of last year's hits Dreamship Surprise and Downfall affected third-quarter results at leading German independent film producer-distributor Constantin Group, the company said Thursday. Quarterly revenue fell to €49.7 million ($58 million) from a year-ago €76.5 million, with Constantin's profit plunging to €1.8 million ($2.1 million) from €5.9 million in the comparable period. Theatrical revenue fell to €8.1 million ($9.4 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with €38.9 million for the same period last year. »

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Lack of hits hurts Constantin Q3 results

17 November 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- A weaker theatrical slate that lacked the boxoffice muscle of last year's hits Dreamship Surprise and Downfall affected third-quarter results at leading German independent film producer-distributor Constantin Group, the company said Thursday. Quarterly revenue fell to €49.7 million ($58 million) from a year-ago €76.5 million, with Constantin's profit plunging to €1.8 million ($2.1 million) from €5.9 million in the comparable period. Theatrical revenue fell to €8.1 million ($9.4 million) for the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with €38.9 million for the same period last year. »

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Q1 profit 'Downfall' for Constantin Film

12 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Independent German production and distribution giant Constantin Film said Thursday that it booked a profit of €1.8 million ($2.3 million) on revenue of €57.1 million ($73.2 million) in the first quarter, a slight drop from its results for the same period a year ago. The Munich-based group, which also announced it has sold U.S. and foreign rights to its upcoming werewolf feature Skinwalkers to Lions Gate, said it expects to book pretax profit of at least €9 million ($11.5 million) and revenue of €190 million ($243.5 million) for the full year. That would be well below the €246.9 million in sales and €14.8 million in pretax profit that Constantin made last year. However, the year ago strength came on the back of the phenomenal boxoffice performance of in-house productions Dreamship Surprise and Downfall, which were the first- and fourth-most successful films, respectively, last year in Germany. Not that Constantin's 2005 lineup is without promise. On July 17, the company will bow Tim Story's comic book adaptation Fantastic Four, which Constantin co-produced with 20th Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises. And July 21 sees the release of the fantasy film spoof Siegfried, featuring German comedy star Tom Gerhardt and director Sven Unterwaldt Jr., whose debut 7 Dwarfs was another breakout blockbuster, earning €38 million at the German boxoffice. »

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Q1 profit 'Downfall' for Constantin Film

12 May 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Independent German production and distribution giant Constantin Film said Thursday that it booked a profit of €1.8 million ($2.3 million) on revenue of €57.1 million ($73.2 million) in the first quarter, a slight drop from its results for the same period a year ago. The Munich-based group, which also announced it has sold U.S. and foreign rights to its upcoming werewolf feature Skinwalkers to Lions Gate, said it expects to book pretax profit of at least €9 million ($11.5 million) and revenue of €190 million ($243.5 million) for the full year. That would be well below the €246.9 million in sales and €14.8 million in pretax profit that Constantin made last year. However, the year ago strength came on the back of the phenomenal boxoffice performance of in-house productions Dreamship Surprise and Downfall, which were the first- and fourth-most successful films, respectively, last year in Germany. Not that Constantin's 2005 lineup is without promise. On July 17, the company will bow Tim Story's comic book adaptation Fantastic Four, which Constantin co-produced with 20th Century Fox and Marvel Enterprises. And July 21 sees the release of the fantasy film spoof Siegfried, featuring German comedy star Tom Gerhardt and director Sven Unterwaldt Jr., whose debut 7 Dwarfs was another breakout blockbuster, earning €38 million at the German boxoffice. »

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Pleasant 'Surprise' for Constantin in '04

30 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE -- German indie producer-distributor Constantin Film said Wednesday that the boxoffice success of Oliver Hirschbiegel's Oscar-nominated war epic Downfall and Michael "Bully" Herbig's sci-fi spoof Dreamship Surprise helped it surpass its financial targets for 2004. The company generated revenue of €246.9 million ($318.8 million), more than twice the €114.3 million recorded in 2003, and booked a profit of €7 million ($9 million) after a €9.9 million loss a year ago. Dreamship, a parody of the Star Trek franchise featuring fey versions of Spock, Captain Kirk and Scotty, was the No. 1 film in Germany last year, taking in €51.3 million ($66.3 million). »

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Groenewold on board for 'Castle Ghost'

8 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE -- David Groenewold's German Film Prods. has boarded the children's film Hui Buh -- Das Schlossgespenst (Hui Buh -- The Castle Ghost), which features local comedy star Michael "Bully" Herbig, Groenwold said Monday. Herbig, who directed and starred in the German boxoffice hits Dreamship Surprise and Manitou's Shoe, plays the title role of the clumsy ghost Hui Buh. The cast also features Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually) and German comedy star Christoph Maria Herbst. GFP will co-finance the film with producers Constantin Film and Christian Becker's Rat Pack Filmproduktion. GFP and Rat Pack previously teamed for last year's comedy spoof The Wanker, a surprise hit which took in more than $14 million at the German boxoffice. Sebastian Niemann, who helmed the German TV movie The Jesus Video for Rat Pack and GFP, will direct Hui Buh. »

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Groenewold on board for 'Castle Ghost'

7 March 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE -- David Groenewold's German Film Productions has boarded the children's film Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst (Hui Buh -- The Castle Ghost), which features local comedy star and boxoffice champ Michael "Bully" Herbig, Groenwold said Monday. Herbig, who directed and starred in German comedy boxoffice hits' Dreamship Surprise and Manitou's Shoe, plays the title role of the clumsy ghost Hui Buh. The cast also features Heike Makatsch (Love, Actually) and German comedy star Christoph Maria Herbst. GFP will co-finance the film together with producers Constantin Film and Christian Becker's Rat Pack Filmproduktion. GFP and Rat Pack previously teamed for last year's comedy spoof The Wanker, which was a surprise hit, taking in more than $14 million at the German box office. Sebastian Niemann, who helmed German TV movie The Jesus Video for Rat Pack and GFP, will direct Hui Buh. »

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'Downfall' nabs Bavarian prize

6 January 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Downfall, Oliver Hirschbiegel's controversial depiction of Adolf Hitler's final days, has won the Bavarian Film Prize's audience award, one of Germany's top film honors, prize organizer Bayerische Fernsehen said Wednesday. Downfall beat out such lighter comedy fare as sci-fi spoof (T)Raumschiff Surprise -- Periode 1, the Snow White parody 7 Dwarfs, lowbrow comedy The Wanker and children's animation film Laura's Star. The drama was chosen by viewers of Bayerische film magazine Kino Kino, listeners of radio station Bayern 3 and readers of regional newspaper the Abendzeitung. Hirschbiegel will receive the award Jan. 14 at a gala ceremony in Munich. »

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