Matrix Revolutions may have held on to the top spot for a second weekend, but the Warner Bros release saw admissions slide by 60% compared to the opening four days and the chances of matching the performances of the first two Matrix films fading into the distance.
The German-US co-production Luther, on the other hand, has won over more converts to the biopic of the religious reformer, posting an 18% increase in admissions over the previous weekend and the Top 15's best screen average (at $ 4,838 from each of its 408 screens). In addition, the NFP teleart/UIP release switched pews with Soenke Wortmann's The Miracle Of Bern which has now broken the 2.5m admission barrier and joined the hallowed assembly of the Top 10 most successful German films of the last 10 years.
Thanks to the success of Miracle of Bern and Luther, German films' market share should be even higher than the 14.5% announced last week by the German Federal Film Board (FFA) for the first nine months of 2003. However, people's judgement is in danger of being clouded by all of the euphoria surrounding the local films' current success.
As media politician Bernd Neumann noted during the final reading of the revised Film Funding Law (FFG) in the Bundestag last week, if one discounted Good Bye, Lenin!, the market share would come out at around 7.8% since Becker's tragicomedy alone had garnered 44% of the 14.3m tickets sold for 60 releases of German films between January and September.
Elsewhere in the Top 15, Solofilm's release of the Swedish comedy Kopps entered at No. 7 with 50,178 admissions from 74 prints and a screen average of $ 4,077, but Tobis Film opened Cedric Klapisch's L'Auberge Espagnole on fewer prints - 41 - but reached a better screen average of $ 4,825, just $13 less than Eric Till's Luther.