The Irish are movie mad with the highest cinema admissions in Europe, new figures have revealed.
Ticket sales have jumped by 16% in the first four months of 2017 with 4,708,218 admissions compared with 4,057,828 during the same period last year.
Data from IHS Screen Digest shows we go the flicks at a rate of at 3.3 per capita – making us the biggest consumers of cinema in the EU along with France, ahead of the UK, Denmark and Spain.
Beauty and the Beast was the biggest grossing moive of 2017 so far, raking in €5,205,694 at the Irish box office between January and May 4th.
Kids favourite Sing came in second, notching up €3,499,845 in ticket sales, followed by The Boss Baby wtih €2,551,882.
Check out the full list below:
1 Beauty and The Beast – €5,205,694
2 Sing – €3,499,845
3 The Boss Baby – €2,551,882
4 The LEGO Batman Movie – €2,533,472
5 La La Land – €2,130,593
6 Fast & Furious 8 – €1,991,601
7 Logan – €1,865,264
8 Fifty Shades Darker – €1,848,200
9 Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 – €1,366,185
10 Kong: Skull Island – €1,352,908
Wide Eye Cinema CEO Eoin Wrixon said: “As cinema continues to push the boundaries in ways that no other media can, cinema remains a unique and powerful leisure experience that Irish audiences find irresistible and Irish cinema admissions continue to soar”.