Saturday 18 November 2017

Star Wars hits new box office highs

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' had taken in €7.7m at the box office in Ireland - north and south - up to Wednesday night'. Photo: PA
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' had taken in €7.7m at the box office in Ireland - north and south - up to Wednesday night'. Photo: PA
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' managed to be the top-grossing film in Ireland for 2015 - despite only being released two weeks before the end of the year.

JJ Abrams's addition to the beloved sci-fi series - some of which was filmed on Skellig Michael - bagged a whopping €4.8m at the Irish box office for 2015.

The film shattered yet another record in the United States this week when it became the highest-grossing domestic film of all time. The seventh instalment in the series surpassed the $760.5m mark previously set by Avatar in a record-breaking 20 days of release.

And a spokeswoman for Disney said 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' had taken in €7.7m at the box office in Ireland - north and south - up to Wednesday night.

The film opened on December 17, and in just 15 days it made €4,764,431 here, €250,000 more than the next highest grossing film, 'Spectre', which made €4,505,951 over a longer run. Third in the list for the year is '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 break the €8.7m record held by Avatar as the biggest grossing film ever at the Irish box office.

Irish Independent

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