Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Irish audiences throughout the country flocked to the cinemas to experience one of the most talked about and best reviewed films of the year.

The Banshees of Inisherin has topped the Irish box office. Martin McDonagh’s dazzling masterpiece shot on location in Inis Mór and Achill Island also surpassed the opening weekend GBO for McDonagh’s previous films In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Seven Psychopaths making this his highest grossing opening weekend in Ireland ever. The opening weekend take of €668K+ also surpasses other Irish hits such as Calvary, Brooklyn, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Belfast, The Guard and Michael Collins.

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin.

The Banshees of Inisherin has been embraced by Irish cinema-goers. 9 out of the top 10 performing cinemas in the UK & Ireland are Irish cinemas and Irish GBO represents a whopping 37.5% of UK and Ireland,”  Trish Long, Vice President & General Manager, The Walt Disney Company Ltd, Ireland.

In the UK, The Banshees of Inisherin  (which is 99% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) has also returned stellar box office results and UK & Ireland GBO stands at £1.64M.

The Banshees of Inisherin received a 13-minute standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival premiere where the movie won 2 coveted awards for Colin Farrell for best actor and Martin McDonagh for best screenplay.

Set on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows lifelong friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson), who find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan (Kerry Condon) and troubled young islander Dominic (Barry Keoghan), endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences. The Banshees of Inisherin is at cinemas everywhere in Ireland now.

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