Lives of Others, The: Most Popular German Film in U.S. History

Sony Pictures Classics’ bold move, to rerelease theatrically the Oscar-winning German film, “The Lives of Others,” paid off.  In its 24th week of release, the German film, from first-time director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, moved back into 253 theaters.

With a weekend take of $154,000, its domestic cume added up to an estimated $11 million, making it the highest-grossing German film in the U.S.

It oudistanced the previous record-holdern, “Das Boot,” which grossed an impressive $10.9 million back in 1982.