[quote=“stanton, post:5, topic:870”]Scherp, I had found this information somewhere in the net, but I don’t remember where, and I don’t remember the exact number, but it was over 20 mio, an amazing sum.
Films in Germany had much more visitors in the 50s and early 60s like e.g. in the 70s. The 25 mio seem likely for me.
Die goldene Leinwand is, like you said, for films with 3 mio spectators within 12 months, but of course that doesen’t mean that these films didn’t had much more success.[/quote]
I’ll find the info. I’ll concentrate on German sites, they’re the best for these films I suppose.
I’ve planned to discuss the most important Winnetou & Old Shatterhand movies here in the near future
People can add (or correct) info, and eventually we can turn these reviews into official ones
The films were important for the European production of western movies in the 60s
What you say about the 3 million/12 months and the Goldene Leinwand is of course true, films can have a continuing story of succes. But this would mean that the film was not only an instant succes, but also a real sleeper: as far as I know, most visitors for a movie go to the cinema when the film is first released. I remember that some of the Winnetou movies were shown in cinemas in Holland and Belgium on a (more or less) regular base during the 60s, but usually in so-called ‘matinees’ : afternoon showings for children.