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Reuters: Europe's Film Box Office Declined in 2005

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 28, 2005 at 3:55AM

A dearth of strong local films severely dented box office revenue in most of Europe this year, with only Britain holding steady thanks to a stream of homegrown favorites like "Pride & Prejudice" and the latest "Harry Potter" movie. German film executives expect a decline of as much as 20 percent, even with end-of-year help from blockbusters like "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." France, Spain and Italy could end the year down more than 10 percent, according to industry estimates. Reuters reports.
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A dearth of strong local films severely dented box office revenue in most of Europe this year, with only Britain holding steady thanks to a stream of homegrown favorites like "Pride & Prejudice" and the latest "Harry Potter" movie. German film executives expect a decline of as much as 20 percent, even with end-of-year help from blockbusters like "King Kong" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." France, Spain and Italy could end the year down more than 10 percent, according to industry estimates. Reuters reports.