Monday 18 February 2019

'That's nice' - Mrs Brown's Boys net €3.8m on silver screen

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Reckless racoons and Lego figurines were all box office favourites with Irish movie goers this year.

But foul-mouthed matriarch Agnes Brown was the undisputed queen of the Irish silver screen with 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' topping the box office charts with €3.8m in Ireland.

The movie, which followed the trials and tribulations of Agnes as she battles to keep her Moore Street trading post, is one of the most commercially successful Irish movies ever.

Universal are already in talks with creator Brendan O'Carroll regarding two sequels.

It follows a huge ratings success for O'Carroll on TV - and the show's Christmas special pulled in an average audience of 7.6 million for BBC One.

Meanwhile, 'The Lego Movie', starring Will Ferrell and Morgan Freeman, was the second most popular film taking an impressive €3.4m.

David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel 'Gone Girl' is tipped for Oscar success next year and came in third place, taking close to €2.6m.

Actor Andy Serkis's monkeying around on screen earned 'Dawn Of the Planet of the Apes' fourth spot in the chart with €2,506,588.

'The Wolf of Wall Street' told the real life story of Jason Belfort who swindled millions of dollars out of unsuspecting investors while doing massive amounts of cocaine.

With Leonardo di Caprio at the helm, the movie took in €2,327,827 and is the fifth most popular film of 2014.

Based on a 1960s comic book strip, Marvel and James Gunn's 'Guardian's of the Galaxy' is number six making €2,266,104.

The film follows Peter Quill and his compadres, including Rocket the racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot the Tree (Vin Diesel).

Hapless cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) relocated to '22 Jump Street' for Chris Miller's sequel to the 2012 hit comedy. The storyline is identical to the first film but with lots of banter and gun fights managed to take €2,078,785.

Irish Independent

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