'Rise of Skywalker' defies critics at box office
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' has enjoyed one of the best openings of any new movie over the past decade in Ireland - despite being panned by the critics.
The final instalment of the long-running space saga took in more than €1.36m at the Irish box office in its first four days to become the number one film in Ireland.
Movie analysts said the Disney blockbuster had enjoyed one of the best-ever December openings in Ireland, with more than 180,000 cinema-goers flocking to see the final chapter of the enduring intergalactic adventure.
Its initial performance at the Irish box office - between last Thursday and last Sunday - also represents the 12th strongest opening for a movie in Irish cinemas over the past decade.
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However, the latest 'Star Wars' picture, which is directed by JJ Abrams, has so far failed to match the soaraway debuts of the previous two films in the sequel trilogy.
'The Force Awakens' took in €3.3m at the Irish box office in the first five days of its release in December, 2015. The epic sci-fi movie went on to become the third-most successful movie of all-time in Ireland, pulling in a total of €6,780,759.
The subsequent picture, 'The Last Jedi' - much of which was filmed on Skellig Michael off the west Kerry coast - didn't quite emulate the success of its predecessor, but still proved a huge hit and took in an impressive €2.3m at the Irish box office in its opening four days.