This list charts the most successful films at cinemas in Germany by admissions. It also lists the most popular German productions in terms of box office sales, in euros and admissions. The Jungle Book, initially released in 1968 but with subsequent reissues, is Germany's biggest film of all time since 1963 in terms of admissions with 27.3 million tickets sold, nearly 10 million more than Titanic's 18.8 million tickets sold. It has grossed an estimated $108 million in Germany making it the third highest-grossing film of all time in Germany behind only Avatar (2009) ($137 million) and Titanic (1997) ($125 million). Der Schuh des Manitu (2001) is the highest-grossing German production with a gross of €63 million and a record (since 1962) 11.7 million admissions. The 1953 East German film Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck had the most admissions for a film from East Germany with almost 13 million.
Most successful films by admissions
The table below lists the most successful films in Germany since 1963 in terms of admissions. The Jungle Book is Germany's biggest film of all time in terms of admissions with 27.3 million tickets sold, nearly 10 million more than Titanic's 18.8 million tickets sold.
Highest-grossing films prior to 1963
|2||Gone With the Wind||1939||30.0|
|3||The Bridge on the River Kwai||1957||24.0|
|4||From Here to Eternity||1953||20.0|
List of highest-grossing German productions
|1||Der Schuh des Manitu||2001||65,131,251|
|2||Fack ju Göhte 2||2015||62,883,798|
|3||Honig im Kopf||2014||58,506,360|
|4||Fack ju Göhte||2013||54,812,272|
|5||Fack ju Göhte 3||2017||53,151,550|
|6||Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1||2004||51,276,038|
|7||Das perfekte Geheimnis||2019||46,963,873|
|8||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2||2015||41,957,829|
|10||7 Zwerge – Männer allein im Wald||2004||39,300,000|
Most successful German productions by admissions
The following are the most successful German productions ranked by admissions in Germany since 1962, excluding those produced in East Germany between 1945-1990 (see separate list below).
|1||Der Schuh des Manitu||2001||11,721,183|
|2||Treasure of the Silver Lake||1962||10,000,000|
|4||Traumschiff Surprise – Periode 1||2004||9,165,932|
|5||Otto – Der Film||1985||8,776,026|
|6||Fack ju Göhte 2||2015||7,698,547|
|8||Fack ju Göhte||2013||7,383,322|
|9||Honig im Kopf||2014||7,274,964|
Most successful films in East Germany based on admissions
Below is a list of the most successful films produced in the Soviet occupation zone of Germany (1945–49) and East Germany (1949-1990). Films prior to 1949 include admissions from West Berlin and the west zones.
|1||Die Geschichte vom kleinen Muck||1953||12,998,352|
|2||Ehe im Schatten||1947||12,888,153|
|3||Heart of Stone||1950||9,779,526|
|4||The Sons of Great Bear||1966||9,422,395|
|8||The Murderers Are Among Us||1946||6,468,921|
|9||The Merry Wives of Windsor||1950||6,090,329|
|10||My Wife Makes Music||1958||6,052,050|
- For comparison with the table above, Variety reported the following films released after 1963 with rentals of over 18 million Deutschmarks by February 1984:
Doctor Zhivago 39 million DM
The Jungle Book 33 million DM
E.T. the Extra-terrestrial 25 million DM
The Rescuers 22 million DM
From Here to Eternity 20 million DM
Once Upon A Time in the West 18 million DM
Jaws 18 million DM
Octopussy 18 million DM 
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- "Die Erfolgreichsten DDR-Film In der DDR". InsideKino (in German). Retrieved 8 May 2020.
- "All-Time German Rental Champs". Variety. 7 March 1984. p. 336.
- "Seven Dwarves - German gross $48,726,183 (Average exchange rate $1.24=1 Euro)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 8 May 2020.