The Young Offenders has achieved the highest opening for an Irish film at the Republic of Ireland Box Office this year.  The film opened this weekend with a total of €202,000 including previews, with some cinemas yet to report.

The Young Offenders has charted ahead of other new releases The Infiltrator (starring Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger) and the horror sequel Blair Witch.  Released in Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution, the film has landed second in the box office chart behind the blockbuster Bridget Jones’s Baby.  

Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, the laugh-out-loud comedy follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160km road trip on stolen bikes in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine.

The film stars newcomers Alex Murphy and Chris Walley, Ciaran Bermingham (Patrick’s Day), PJ Gallagher (Naked Camera), and Hilary Rose (The Centre,The Republic of Telly). Produced by Julie Ryan, it is a Vico Films production with Cormac Fox and Michael Doherty as executive producers. Creative talent includes Director of Photography Patrick Jordan (Talking to My Father, Leave), and Editor Colin Campbell (You’re Ugly Too), with music from Ray Harman (Love/Hate, Patrick’s Day).

Commenting on the result, Patrick O’Neill MD of Wildcard Distribution said:

We’re absolutely delighted that audiences have embraced The Young Offenders so enthusiastically.  It’s been a brilliant year for Irish film so for The Young Offenders to have the highest opening is a huge achievement.  Congratulations to Peter and all the team behind the film who worked so hard on creating something really special.

International audiences will get to see the film when it screens at Fantastic Fest in Texas this week and at the BFI London Film Festival next month.

The Young Offenders continues to screen in cinemas nationwide.

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