Tuesday 26 September 2017

Star Wars tops Irish box office for 2015 with €4.7m despite just two-week run

Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Rylo Ken
Star Wars: The Force Awakens villain Rylo Ken
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was only released two weeks before the end of 2015 but still managed to be the top grossing film in Ireland for the year.

JJ Abrams' highly anticipated addition to the beloved sci-fi series, scenes of which were filmed on Skellig Michael, bagged a whopping €4.8m at the Irish box office.

The film opened on December 17 and in just 15 days it made €4,764,431, a tidy €250,000 more than the next highest grossing film, Spectre.

The Bond movie made €4,505,951 over a longer run and third in the list for the year is Universal's charming animation Minions at €4,256,670.

The only Irish film to make it to the top 10 is Brooklyn, which sits in ninth place with a €2,641,572 take.

If Star Wars continues to pull the punters it could be on course to break the record held by Avatar as the biggest grossing film ever at the Irish box office.

James Cameron's sci-fi epic took a cool €8,702,770 at the Irish box office.

Star Wars has been breaking records worldwide but also in Ireland.  It has already overtaken Jurassic World for the biggest opening weekend.

Here are the top grossing films in Ireland for 2015 according to Wide Eye Media.

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens - €4,764,431

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Star Wars Battlefront

2. Spectre - €4,505,951

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James Bond Spectre

3. Minions - €4,256,670

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Minions in search of an evil master

4. Jurassic World - €4,251,473

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A scene from Jurassic World, which notched up the biggest debut weekend until it was bested by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Universal Pictures/AP)

5. Inside Out - €3,495,473

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Pixar's brilliant Inside Out had The Whirlwind Princess causing ructions at the cinema

6. The Avengers: Age of Ultron - €3,058,685

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

7. Fast & Furious 7 - €2,747,623

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Fast & Furious 7

8. Fifty Shades of Grey - €2,699,236

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Actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in a scene from the 2014 ‘50 Shades of Grey’ film

9. Brooklyn - €2,641,572

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Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’

10. Hotel Transylvania 2 - 2,115,420

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Andy Samberg voices Johnnystein in Hotel Transylvania

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