New Irish documentary The Queen of Ireland opened over the weekend and quickly became the highest grossing Irish made documentary ever at the Irish box-office.

The film opened at 23 cinemas across the Republic of Ireland, capturing an incredible €47,906 Wednesday to Monday. The film’s €39,336 5-day weekend saw it take the title of third highest (non-concert) documentary opening of all time. Earlier this year Amy became the second highest opener with €41,213, but both films fell considerably short of Farenheit 9/11‘s staggering 267,252 in 2004. Unfortunately, as the €39,336 total included two days of previews, The Queen of Ireland fell just short of cracking the Irish box-office top ten.

The Queen of Ireland has received rapturous praise from both Irish film critics and audiences, receiving 5 stars from numerous publications (including us) and multiple standing ovations at screenings in the IFI and Light House Cinema.

The film is directed by film-maker and photographer Conor Horgan (One Hundred Mornings, Deep End Dance, The Beholder) and builds up a multi-faceted picture of a complex and compelling character through behind the scenes footage, archive, music and interviews with friends, peers and protégés.

The Queen of Ireland is produced by Katie Holly and Ailish Bracken for Blinder Films, with funding from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board and RTÉ. The film is out now in cinemas nationwide and tickets can be booked online.

2 Responses

  1. John

    Does anyone else see this story as right out of Orwell’s 1984. First we are told the Queen of Ireland has broken some kind of weekend box office record. Then come all the qualifications records for non music documentary Irish film etc etc. Lastly we are told that as the figures presented also include 2 days of previews, the film has not actually even matched number ten in the Irish box office list. All this begs the question what are you trying to prove with this story? This film is by any measure is a box office flop! 23 cinemas divided 39000 euros over 3 days at 8 Euros per ticket equals 70 patrons per cinema per day by my calculations. So in who’s warped or deluded imagination is this film a success? Someone is trying to con a reluctant public into seeing someone they clearly don’t want to see, and all the double talk and newspeak the world won’t change this ugly duckling tale into a fairy tale ending.

  2. Niall Murphy

    Hi John. The figure that includes previews is €39k. That figure means that the film has the most successful opening for an Irish made documentary at the Irish box-office (not adjusted for inflation). It had the third highest opening of any documentary to date (again, not adjusted for inflation). Concert films are one time events so are not generally included in the documentary format. In terms of the documentary format this film is an undeniable hit based on the financial information available.

    If you think that the number is unimpressive, then that speaks to the general Irish cinema-going audience not embracing the documentary format on their initial release. Documentaries often have long stays in the cinema rather than being front-loaded in their audience like the block-busters are.


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