Universal Pictures and Illumination Pictures score the biggest opening weekend of the year so far, and the biggest opening in Ireland for an original (non-sequel) animated feature, as Sing charted in the number one spot at the All-Ireland box-office with €1,676,167  (including €637k in previews).

Sing centres on a group of animals that enter a singing competition, hosted by a koala hoping to save his theatre. The film stars the voices of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly.

All-Ireland Top 10 Animation Opening Weekends

RankTitleOpening Weekend
1Shrek the Third€1,815,920
2Shrek 2€1,680,479
3Despicable Me 2€1,052,756
4Sing€1,038,770
5Shrek Forever After€1,013,891
6Up€963,630
7Monsters, Inc.€953,076
8Inside Out€916,396
9Finding Dory€891,540
10Kung Fu Panda€857,893

The long-awaited sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting, the deftly titled T2 Trainspotting, took the number spot, recording €480,210 from 96 locations, north and south of the border. The week’s other new entry, Mel Gibson’s Academy Award-nominated war film Hacksaw Ridge, entered at number five, with €156,376 from 80 locations.

Last week’s number one and comeback vehicle for director M Night Shymalan, Split, fell two places to number three, dropping a low 19% in taking €293,648 from 90 locations. Paramount’s Vin Diesel franchise vehicle,  xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, had the week’s biggest drop-off, falling 59% to earn €76,061.

Oscar favourite, and critical darling, La La Land, dropped to number four in its third week, dancing up another €284,634 as it edges its way towards the €2 million mark. Other Oscar season hold-overs include Jackie at number six which earned €128,575, Lion at number 8 which earned €63,259, Manchester by the Sea at 10 which earned €41,668,  and Disney Animation’s Moana at 9 which earned €57,021. Moana is now up to €2,433,735, and should easily eclipse €3m by the end of its run.

Next week sees the release of the Ruth Negga-starring Loving, the Matthew McConaughey-starring Gold, new horror Rings, German hit-comedy Toni Erdmann, and Sony’s franchise closer Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

All-Ireland Box-Office Top 10 – January 27-29

RankTitleDistributorWeekLocationsWeekend Gross%Avg/LocBox Office To Date
1SingUniversal198€1,038,771€10,559€1,676,167
2T2 TrainspottingSony196€480,210€5,002€480,210
3SplitUniversal290€293,648-19%€3,262€907,634
4La La LandLionsgate3101€284,634-33%€2,818€1,860,646
5Hacksaw RidgeLionsgate180€156,376€1,955€176,275
6JackieeOne269€128,575-25%€1,863€324,130
7xXx: The Return Of Xander CageParamount288€76,061-59%€864€299,143
8LionEFD231€63,259-42%€2,041€197,592
9MoanaDisney995€57,021-17%€594€2,433,735
10Manchester By The SeaStudioCanal340€41,668-37%€1,209€280,186

 

Republic of Ireland Box-Office Top 10 – January 27-29

RankTitleDistributorWeekLocationsWeekend Gross%Avg/LocBox Office To Date
1SingUniversal169€846,919€12,274€1,379,121
2T2 TrainspottingSony168€366,294€5,387€366,294
3SplitUniversal263€236,144-18%€3,748€724,206
4La La LandLionsgate372€231,770-27%€3,219€1,509,343
5Hacksaw RidgeLionsgate157€113,932€1,999€129,714
6JackieeOne250€106,648-16%€2,133€270,916
7xXx: The Return Of Xander CageParamount262€58,538-39%€944€237,502
8LionEFD223€50,660-20%€2,203€162,348
9MoanaDisney968€44,539-12%€655€1,828,110
10Manchester By The SeaStudioCanal329€41,668-33%€1,437€260,135

Figures provided by ComScore.

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