Opening at No. 6 over the weekend was Das Sams In Gefahr - directed by the Dutchman Ben Verbong and produced by Collina Film with support from FFF Bayern and BFB Förderung, and distributed by Costantin Verleih.

For a fourth week in a row, BVI's Finding Nemo ruled the waves at the German box office and effortlessly passed the 6m admissions mark to clock up over $40m takings and the top screen average of $ 4,157 from its 1,049 screens.

Nemo could become Germany's most successful computer animated film of all time if it can attract another 1m admissions and surpass the box office result for current record holder Ice Age.

Meanwhile, another BVI release - new entry Freaky Friday - registered the second highest screen average of $ 2,746 from 489 screens to come in at No. 3. Luther continued to show legs at No. 5 and passed the 2m admissions mark with over $ 14.5m box office revenues. After 53 days on release The Miracle Of Bern passed the 3m admissions mark and became the second local production - after Good Bye, Lenin! - to receive the exhibitor association HDF's Golden Screen Award this year.

As of 15 December, the production by Little Shark Entertainment and Senator Film Produktion with SevenPictures had been seen by a total of 3,108,421 cinema-goers and posted box office takings of Euros 17,673,484, making it the most successful German drama of the last 10 years.