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'Guard' success fails to stop €6m box office slump

Nick Bramhill

Published 28/12/2011 | 05:00

THE unprecedented success of 'The Guard' has not stopped cinema receipts for the top 10 films falling by almost €6m this year compared with last.

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Although the black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson became the most successful independent Irish film in Irish box office history, the top 10 films have pulled in €5.6m less than their biggest counterparts in 2010.

Industry observers have blamed the fall on the recession but also on the lack of a major blockbuster this year.

Last year 3D epic 'Avatar' bagged the number one spot with €6.2m in box office receipts, with animated franchises 'Toy Story 3' and 'Shrek Forever After' in second and third place.

Total receipts for 2010 came to €36.9m, compared to €31.3m so far for 2011.

But this year's chart-topper, chick flick 'Bridesmaids', grossed just over €4.3m -- almost €2m behind last year's most successful film.

The light-hearted US comedy pipped 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' into second spot, which took in €4,216,450.

'The Guard' came in at number three with €4,030,579.

And with veteran Irish actor Gleeson nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance, the John Michael McDonagh-written and directed film could be in line for further success.

Irish Independent

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