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German-Speaking Box Office, August 1st, 2022

Exciting it is not. Germany’s summer box office is about as sluggish as the – otherwise big number of – movie fans that are baking in the sun instead of flocking to the theaters. There is zero movement in the top three and almost none in the whole top ten. Except for one debut.

Nothing can stop the Minions, not even Super-Pets as it turns out. Now in its fifth week, Minions 2 – Auf der Suche nach dem Mini Boss (Minions 2 – In Search for the Mini Boss) still holds the top spot, not giving anyone a chance to kick it off its throne, no matter how powerful. Thor: Love and Thunder and Top Gun: Maverick stuck to their – now usual – second and third place.

The only big change went to DC League of Super-Pets, an animated movie about Superman’s dog Krypto (voice supplied by Dwayne Johnson) and other pets with outer-worldly powers, which barked its way to number four. The character of Krypto dates way back to 1955 when he was first introduced as Superman’s pet in the TV series. Here, he takes the lead to save his master (Superman, voiced in the original by John Krasinski) from all villains. The fun part: Krypto happens to share his master’s powers, except that it is now up to the dog and his friends to rescue him, for the entire Justice League has been captured by none other than their old nemesis Lex Luthor. Krypto finds unexpected help in Ace (dubbed by Kevin Hart), potbelly pig PB (Vanessa Bayer), squirrel Chip (Diego Luna), and turtle Merton (Natasha Lyonne), who all start to develop their own superpowers. Ace gets mega-strong and invincible, PB grows in size whenever she wants, Merton develops unusual speed capacities and Chip can create electrical storms. In the German version, this mighty gang of warriors is being dubbed by local talents such as Torsten Sträter, comedienne Tahnee and Emilia Schüle.

Super-Pets director Jared Stern (and co-writer with John Whittington) had written two Lego movies – The Lego Ninjago Movie and The Lego Batman Movie  among many others – and had directed the 2018 comedy Happy Anniversary.

The pets were the reason that last week’s highest climber, the French comedy Monsieur Claude und sein grosses Fest (Monsieur Claude and his big Party) dropped one spot to number five, still an impressive number for this small budget film.

Jurassic World: Ein Neues Zeitalter (Jurassic World: Dominion) came in sixth with a little switch happening between the next two movies: the German-made Bibi und Tina – Einfach Anders (Bibi and Tina – Simply Different), another one of last week’s new entries, pushed Elvis into eighth place.

Liebesdings and The Black Phone round out the top ten.

In Austria, there was also no change in the top three, with Minions 2 – Auf der Suche nach dem Mini Boss (Minions 2 – In Search for the Mini Boss) holding on for their dear little yellow lives, Thor: Love and Thunder coming closer again in second and Monsieur Claude und sein grosses Fest (Monsieur Claude and his big Party) staying firmly in third place. The biggest difference to its northern neighbor may just be the Austrians’ love for costume dramas about their own dynasties, which would explain why Corsage is still in the top ten. And their equally important love for an arthouse film, which made Official Competition, starring Spain’s movie super couple Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz get back into the charts after dropping for almost a month.