Germany saw arecord-breaking weekend in the cinemas with the first four days on release ofthe Mel Gibson-starrer What Women Wantand Ridley Scott's Hannibal. Accordingto the German distributors association VdF, the result(February 15-18) of 3,563,651 admissions and box office takings of $19,937,759 (DM42,898,463) broke the previous record set in September 1997 by such films as
Statisticscollated by AC Nielsen/EDI report that the Buena Vista release of
This was thefirst time in German film history that two films were each able to sell morethan one million tickets in the four-day period from Thursday to Sunday, andalso the first time that an '18' certificate film attracted more than onemillion over that time.
Compared tothe previous four day period (February 8-11), box office shot up by over 90% andadmissions by some 86%.