Brooklyn was only released last week and has already claimed the biggest opening numbers of any Irish film since the release of Michael Collins in 1996.
The film, which is an adaptation of Colin Toibin’s novel, tells the tale of a young Irish woman in America.
Directed by John Crowley and starring Saoirse Ronan, the flick opened to over £432k at home after its release, beating other previous homegrown hits such as The Guard, In Bruges, and Angela’s Ashes, which reached between £344-408k.
It took in over £1 million in the UK and Ireland combined over the past weekend, making it the number one opener. What an achievement!
Not only did the movie reach this level of success already, but it also opened to the largest screen count of any Irish film in the country; it was shown on 87 screens nationwide.
On top of all this, Brooklyn has been nominated for five British Independent Film Awards, including Soairse Ronan for Best Actress and Domhnall Gleeson for Best Supporting Actor. Other nominations include Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft.
Saoirse dazzled at the Dublin premiere of the film, but disappointed fans by not showing up to the screening in Wexford. 300 guests attended, eager to meet the young star, but she reportedly had to cancel due to work commitments.