#IrishBoxOffice: Sing charts at Number One at the All-Ireland box-office

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
5Shrek Forever After€1,013,891
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
2T2 TrainspottingSony196€480,210€5,002€480,210
4La La LandLionsgate3101€284,634-33%€2,818€1,860,646
5Hacksaw RidgeLionsgate180€156,376€1,955€176,275
7xXx: The Return Of Xander CageParamount288€76,061-59%€864€299,143
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
2T2 TrainspottingSony168€366,294€5,387€366,294
4La La LandLionsgate372€231,770-27%€3,219€1,509,343
5Hacksaw RidgeLionsgate157€113,932€1,999€129,714
7xXx: The Return Of Xander CageParamount262€58,538-39%€944€237,502
10Manchester By The SeaStudioCanal329€41,668-33%€1,437€260,135

Figures provided by ComScore.