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Big-budget films flop as takings plummet in 2013

Roisin Burke

Published 12/01/2014 | 02:30

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Irish box-office takings have fallen by the biggest amount in 20 years, movie statistics body Rentrak says.

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Several movies with massive money and marketing muscle behind them tanked in 2013.

Johnny Depp couldn't save 'The Lone Ranger', which took just €366,000 from Irish movie-goers and lost Disney around €70m.

Compare that with 2013's top Irish earner, 'Despicable Me 2', which grossed €3.75m or 'Iron Man III', which took in €2.82m.

Guillermo del Toro's monsters vs robots epic, 'Pacific Rim', took €613,000 and the second in Vin Diesel's alien franchise, 'Riddick' had less than out-of-this-world takings of €164,000.

Seth Rogan's 'The Guilt Trip' made just €142,000; and audiences stayed away from Wikileaks flick 'The Fifth Estate', too. It took just €92,000.

Irish Independent

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