Sunday 19 August 2018

Conor McGregor: Notorious movie is a knockout with €103k weekend at Irish box office

It's the biggest opening of any Irish release this year

Conor McGregor attending the Conor McGregor: Notorious premiere
Conor McGregor attending the Conor McGregor: Notorious premiere
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Conor McGregor has scored a knockout with his eagerly awaited documentary movie, Notorious.

The 29-year-old MMA star has delivered a hammer blow to his box office rivals after his self-titled film pulled in the biggest opening of any Irish release so far this year.

Although his film was only released at the weekend, it opened at the number four spot in the box office after grossing a total of €103,000 - a figure which soared to €172,000 for previews.

This was well ahead of the new release starring Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, which made €50,000 on its opening weekend.

Directed by Gavin Fitzgerald and filmed over four years, Notorious chronicles the star's rise from his beginnings on the streets of Dublin.

He steadily built up his profile and reputation in the tough world of MMA, before eventually taking on Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas in a boxing match in August that netted him a reported €100m.

The man with the Midas touch is clearly one of the hottest stars in Ireland judging from his recent appearance on The Late Late Show.

Last Friday's episode scored the highest ratings of the season, beating last month's exclusive interview with former US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

It reached an average viewing figure of 573,000, which was a whopping 48pc share of the TV audience at the time.

The show saw the UFC lightweight champion apologise for the use of a homophobic slur and reveal more about his relationship with girlfriend Dee Devlin, with whom he has a baby son, Conor Jnr. Asked about whether he had plans to splash out on an engagement ring, he told Ryan Tubridy: "I knew I shot myself in the foot there when I said girlfriend.

"We just dropped a bloody bomb on a christening for the young boy! Let me chill for a minute, give me time."

McGregor also spoke about his joy at becoming a dad for the first time.

"I'm very big on lineage and leaving a legacy behind. And my son Conor McGregor Jr - that's it," he said.

"I am very proud and very blessed every day because the birth of my son has made me softer where I need to soften up. I'm overcome with joy and love. I never thought I would be that way."

Read more: Conor McGregor: Notorious review: Homage to MMA star packs likeable punch

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