Barbie tops the charts with Irish cinema audiences

Margot Robbie hit takes in 54% more at the box office that multi-Oscar winning rival, Oppenheimer

Barbie was the big winner with Irish cinema audiences last year, accounting for almost 10 per cent of box-office takings. Photograph: Warner Bros Entertainment

Barbie, the Margot Robbie co-produced movie, the box office hit of the year, generating €9.9 million last year in Ireland.

It was the highlight of a buoyant year for Irish cinemas, as box-office income increased by 10 per cent to €101 million, according to the annual report of the Irish Film Classification Office.

In the box office battle between Barbie and the multi-Oscar winning Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy, Barbie came out on top.

Both movies were released at the same weekend last summer and, in Ireland, Barbie was the comfortable winner, with Oppenheimer taking €6.4m at the box office, 35 per cent less than its rival.

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan

Gordon Deegan is a contributor to The Irish Times