Black 47 Crosses €1 million at the Irish Box Office

Posted September 20, 2018 by Suzanne Murray in News
Black 47
Black 47

The must-see Irish film of the year BLACK 47 passed the €1 million mark at the Irish Box Office last night Wednesday September 19th and is currently the number one film in the country.

Not only is the critically acclaimed feature directed by Lance Daly the top grossing Irish film of the year, it’s also the first Irish film to pass the €1million mark since The Young Offenders in 2016 which was also distributed by Wildcard Distribution.  BLACK 47 now joins the ranks of other classic Irish films such as The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Michael Collins and The Guard to pass this Irish Box Office milestone.  It also achieved the highest opening weekend for an Irish film in Ireland since John Crowley’s Oscar-nominated Brooklyn in 2015.

Speaking about the phenomenal success of the film, producer Macdara Kelleher, Fastnet Films said: “We are delighted that Irish audiences have responded to the film and are supporting it in such overwhelming numbers. It’s a great achievement for any film to cross the €1 million mark and take its place alongside films like Michael Collins and Brooklyn.”

BLACK 47 is heading into its 3rd week of release and is still showing in over 90 cinemas across the country this weekend.  It is set for a cinema release in the UK and US later this month.

To find out where it’s playing in Ireland and book tickets:

Altitude Films will distribute BLACK 47 in UK cinemas from 28th September.
IFC Films will distribute BLACK 47 in US cinemas from 28th September.

More about BLACK 47

BLACK 47 is set during the Great Irish Famine and stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Jim Broadbent (Oscar®winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins).  Joining them are rising international actors James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) and Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Moe Dunford (Michael Inside, Patrick’s Day) and Sarah Greene (Noble, Penny Dreadful).

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family.  He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.

The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby), Eugene O’Brien (Eden) and Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses).  Produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran, Black 47 was financed by Primemeridian Entertainment, the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, Altitude, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.