The final 2005 box-office figures for Germany reveal a 16% year-on-year drop.

A report released by Nielsen EDI shows box-office figures for the official 2005 period (January 6, 2005 to January 4, 2006) finished at $845.1m (Euro 716.4m).

The territory's decline was in line with much of Europe with year-on-year shortfalls seen in every month of the year in Germany except March and November.

March, which saw gains of 4% over the same month in 2004, was fuelledlargely by a spectacular run for Sony Pictures ReleasingInternational's Hitch.

The romantic comedy recorded a $33.8m gross in Germany which was themost successful international territory for the film, ahead of the UK's $33.5m. Robots, which opened on March 17 through 20th Century Fox, was also strong with $11m.

November's boost - 3% up year-on-year - was thanks to Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire.

Potter grossed $58m (Euro 49m) by the close of the year making it the territory'shighest grossing film, finishing more than $10m ahead of second-placedStar Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith.