Although its week-on-week admission figures dropped by 42%, BVI's Pirates Of The Caribbean held on to the pole position at the German box office for the third week and has already become the third most successful release so far this year.

The swashbuckler starring Johnny Depp, and Orlando Bloom had three times as many admissions than the Columbia TriStar new release Identity which grossed just over Euros 1m from 471 screens.

The Indian Summer temperatures of up to 30 degrees last weekend probably played a part in keeping people out of the cinemas and sending them into the beer gardens for one last visit before the colder days. In fact, only the top two films had six-digit admission figures, although Margarethe von Trotta's Rosenstrasse, riding on the publicity generated from lead actress Katja Riemann's award at the Venice Film Festival, had a respectable opening of Euros 410,830 from 205 screens as did Lone Scherfig's Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself with a $ 2,477 screen average from 31 prints in the first distribution collaboration between ottfilm and Kinowelt.

However, while the $1,166 screen average for Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men gave it the No 4 position, the Euros 419,138 gross from 408 screens was some way below expectations.