'Brooklyn' a hit at box office but fails to beat Mrs Brown
Oscar buzz surrounding the film adaptation of Colm Tóibín's novel 'Brooklyn' seems to have piqued national interest. The movie took an impressive €605,000 at the Irish box office during its opening weekend.
'Brooklyn', which stars Saoirse Ronan, outflanked recent Irish films including 'The Guard' (€570,000), 'Calvary' (€462,000) 'In Bruges' (€557,500), and 'Angela's Ashes' (€557,000).
However, it failed to trump 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' which took €1.02m in 2014.
Based on Tóibín's 2009 book, 'Brooklyn' tells the story of Eilis (Ronan), a young Irish women who moves to Brooklyn in the 1950s.
It was adapted for the silver screen by Nick Hornby of 'High Fidelity' fame.
The film was directed by John Crowley, who previously worked on 'Intermission'.
Brooklyn had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and has been met with rave reviews.
Author Tóibín makes a brief cameo in the movie playing the distinguished role of 'man in queue'.
"I am hoping to get an Oscar for 'Author desperately trying to muscle in to his own movie' if such a category exists," he said.