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Queen of Ireland Panti Bliss smashes box office with biggest Irish documentary opening ever

Elaine McCahill

Published 29/10/2015 | 10:45

Royal success: Panti Bliss shines in documentary Queen of Ireland
Royal success: Panti Bliss shines in documentary Queen of Ireland

Ireland's favourite drag queen has captivated the nation once again, securing the biggest-ever opening of an Irish documentary in cinemas.

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Panti Bliss: Queen of Ireland chronicles the rise of the indomitable Rory O'Neill, aka Panti Bliss.

The film, which was some five years in the making, has also secured the third biggest opening in Irish cinema of any documentary.

Directed by Conor Horgan, the film comes in just behind Amy, a documentary about Amy Winehouse and Farenheit 9/11.

In true Panti style Miss Panti took to social media to announce the box office breaking news.

"Damn you Amy Winehouse," she quipped.

The film earned almost €50,000 in its opening weekend as it showed in 23 screens across the country.

It is the latest in a long list of accolades for the famous drag queen who garnered worldwide attention following her famous Noble Call speech in the Abbey Theatre.

With fans such as Madonna (inset) and Stephen Fry, Miss Panti has become an unlikely national treasure in the past 18 months.

The film chronicles Rory's upbringing in rural Mayo to his activism in the recent marriage equality campaign.

The production team had no idea the global success that would be coming down the line for their subject when they first began filming.

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Emotional scenes from Dublin on the day that the marriage referendum was passed are also included in the documentary, which has opened to rave reviews.

The project was made possible through crowd-fundraising with fans of the star donating some €50,000 to get the project over the line.

Now that she has dominated in cinemas it seems that the path to the Aras is clear for the performer, who jokingly revealed presidential ambitions earlier this week.

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