A ridge of high pressure over Central Europe brought a spate of unexpected warm spring weather over the weekend. Consequently, cinemagoers disappeared into the beergardens rather than the cinemas and the result was seen in the lower overall attendance.
Disney's Brother Bear held onto the top spot for a third week to gross $10.9m overall so far, while the only new entries in the weekend's Top 10 - Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed and Peter Pan - opened weakly with $872 and $826 respectively from their 593 prints.
The strongest new opener was the local comedy Jazz Club - Der Fruehe Vogel Faengt Den Wurm - with a screen average of $2,272 from 147 prints - which gave distributor/co-producer Senator Film some respite from the ongoing negotiations with the banks to avert insolvency.
Meanwhile, timebandits have the 500,000 admissions mark in their sights with the first release, Berlinale Golden Bear winner Head-On, and posted the second highest screen average ($ 3,3039) after Falcom's Monsieur Ibrahim Et Les Fleurs Du Coran ($ 4,686).