Black '47 is the most popular Irish film of 2018 at the box office
by Davide Abbatescianni
- Lance Daly's latest feature, a period drama based on the events of the tragic 1847 Great Famine, has grossed over €1 million in Ireland
Wide Eye Media and Rentrak have recently published the official statistics of the 2018 Irish box office, whose top ten is once again dominated by foreign film productions. The most viewed film of the season is Ol Parker's musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (€5,300,794, including previews), which grossed over €345 million worldwide. Second place is claimed by another American romantic musical, Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born (€5,155,561), while the third position is held by Anthony and Joe Russo's superhero blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War, screened in both 2D and 3D nationwide (€4,759,402).
The top ten is rounded off by other major international successes such as Brad Bird's new Pixar flick Incredibles 2 (€4,421,028), JA Bayona'sJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (€3,935,841), Will Gluck's live-action/computer-animated comedy Peter Rabbit (€3,300,357), Bryan Singer's biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (€3,151,629), Ryan Coogler's Marvel Studios hitBlack Panther (€3,045,760), the new animated adaptation ofThe Grinch by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier (€2,451,531) and Michael Gracey'sThe Greatest Showman (€2,409,294), which grossed over €381 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest grossing live-action musical of all time.
The most popular Irish film of 2018 was Black '47 [+see also:
interview: Lance Daly
film profile], which raked in €1,579,961 in Ireland and grossed €279,803 during its opening weekend. Lance Daly's drama is being distributed by Wildcard and is the latest Irish film to pass this impressive milestone, along with Ken Loach's The Wind That Shakes The Barley [+see also:
interview: Ken Loach
interview: Rebecca O’Brien
film profile], John Michael McDonagh's The Guard [+see also:
interview: John Michael McDonagh
film profile] and Neil Jordan's Michael Collins.
Finally, other domestic hits include Ruth Carter's comedy Damo & Ivor: The Movie (€291,748), Dave Tynan's feature debut Dublin Oldschool (€240,282), Lenny Abrahmson's gothic drama The Little Stranger [+see also:
film profile] (€154,942) and Frank Berry's prison film Michael Inside [+see also:
film profile] (€49,174).
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