Finding Dory is making huge waves at the Irish box office and is now on course to be the highest-grossing movie of the year.
The animated blockbuster, Pixar’s follow-up to 2003’s Finding Nemo, pulled in almost €2m in the first week of its release in Irish cinemas and has already soared into the top 10 highest-grossing films of the year.
The popularity of the underwater adventure sequel — which has also become the highest-grossing animated flick in the US since its release with over $475m (€425m) in takings — has given a welcome boost to the Irish cinema industry.
New figures show that box office receipts for July this year were up by an impressive 6% on the same period last year, from €10.397,104 to €11,007,431.
The highest-grossing movie in Ireland to date this year is The Secret Life Of Pets, which has taken almost €3.2m at the box office, according to the latest available stats.
But cinema watchdogs expect Finding Dory and JK Rowling’s yet-to-released Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the highly anticipated new Star Wars spin-off to compete for the coveted top spot.
Graham Spurling, director of four well-known movie theatres in Ireland, including Movies@Cinemas in Dundrum and Swords in Dublin, said: “I think Finding Dory will definitely be a contender for the best-performing film of the year. The Star Wars film will be up there too, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Commenting on last month’s spike in cinema admissions, Eoin Wrixon, CEO of Wide Eye Media, said: “July is always a fantastic month for cinema, but the quality of blockbusters on release this year has surpassed all expectations.
“The Secret Life of Pets was the top film in July and is now the number one film at the Republic of Ireland box office for the year to date.
“Some of the best releases are yet to come. One of the biggest screen icons returns in Bridget Jones’s Baby in September.
“The Magnificent Seven remake hits screens next month and looks action-packed and lots of fun, to boot.
“In October, Trolls will be an epic new musical, voiced by a stellar cast. Benedict Cumberbatch becomes ‘Doctor Strange’ in Marvel’s latest blockbuster the same month.
“And in November we will be exploring a new wizarding era in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Disney’s latest princess, Moana, arrives in December, as well as one of the most anticipated films of the year, Star Wars: Rogue One.”
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