Sunday 21 July 2019

Mrs Brown sees off mutants and killers for top spot

Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special topped ratings
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special topped ratings
Fiona Dillon

Fiona Dillon

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie has been ranked as the number one film in Ireland this year.

The big screen version of the television series made famous by its creator Brendan O'Carroll grossed more than €3.8m at Irish cinemas this year - but was a hit elsewhere too, raking in €18.3m overall.

In the movie, released in June, feisty matriarch Agnes Brown, played by O'Carroll, runs a fruit and vegetable stall in Moore Street.

Coming in at number two in the top 10 movies of the year was children's favourite The Lego Movie, which was released here in February. Figures show it grossed over €3.4m.

The thriller Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, was the third most-watched movie of the year at cinemas. It's a film about a New-York based writer who reports his beautiful wife missing and becomes the murder suspect himself. The film was released in October and grossed €2.6m to date in this country.

The fourth spot in the top 10 movies compiled by media statistics firm Rentra went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The film was released here in July, and starred Andy Serksis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman and Keri Russell and featured some stunning special effects. The film grossed €2.5m.

Heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio starred as a New York stock broker in The Wolf of Wall Street, released last January, and it is number five, raking in €2.3m in 2014. It received positive reviews from critics, but was also controversial for its sexual content.

Another kids' favourite Guardians of the Galaxy - which starred a mutant raccoon and a talking tree - took the number six spot, grossing €2.2m.

Meanwhile, action comedy film 22 Jump Street came in at seven, grossing €2m.

Teen favourite The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 grossed over €2m, and was the eight most successful film.

The Inbetweeners 2 took in €1.9m.

And number 10 in the list was X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Michael Fassbender amongst the stellar line up. It took in a healthy €1.8m this year.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies - the last instalment of the JRR Tolkien adaptation - may ultimately make it into the top 10, it's too early to calculate its overall takings.

(The Herald)

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