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BOX OFFICE Germany

A lively group of dwarves

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Not satisfied with being kings of the forest, the seven dwarves created by the famous actor Otto Waalkes have been dominating the box office since the release of their latest adventures in 7 Dwarves – The Wood is Not Enough by Sven Unterwaldt on October 26.

Of the 2m filmgoers who flocked to German cinemas this weekend, at least 400,000 (according to figures published by Kinozeit) saw the sequel to the comedy 7 Dwarves – 2003-2004.

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After three weeks in cinemas, this film is number one at the box office, with almost 3m admissions, averaging about one million a week. This crazy comedy – co-written and co-produced by and starring Waalkes (in the role of the dwarf Bubi who helps out Snow White with his friends) and the extravagant Nina Hagen as the evil witch – is a co-production by Zipfelmützenfilm and VIP Medienfonds distributed by UIP.

The second most popular box office title this weekend was the scandalous Borat! (distributed by Fox), with over 300,000 admissions this weekend, which corresponds to last week’s opening weekend figures. The third most seen title was CGI animated title, released through Sony Pictures on Thursday, Open Season, with 270,000 film-goers, double those for The Devil Wears Prada (Fox), closely followed by Ridley Scott’s latest title, A Good Year (Fox), with 100,000 admissions in its first weekend.

No longer in the top five are the football documentary Germany: A Summer’s Fairytale [+see also:
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, which opened through Kinowelt on October 5 and the successful Perfume [+see also:
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, out since September 14 (Constantin). Both continue to do good business with 4m and 6m admissions respectively.

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(Translated from French)

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