To mark the occasion, the filmmakers have released a special celebratory clip:
In a year that has been praised for quality Irish film, The Young Offenders has become the fastest Irish film to break the €1 million mark at the Irish Box Office this year, and next week it will be the highest grossing Irish-made film of the year at the domestic box office, overtaking Sing Street. It now joins the ranks of other classics such as The Guard, Calvary and Man About Dog as one of the few Irish comedy films to reach this Irish Box Office milestone.
Speaking on the phenomenal success of the film, writer-director Peter Foott said:
“We are so incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to go see The Young Offenders. It is the first feature film that myself and most of the cast and crew have made. We all dreamed of getting a cinema release, but getting a million in the box-office is just unbelievable.”
Patrick O’Neill, Managing Director of Wildcard Distribution, who brought the film to Irish cinemas added:
“We are thrilled with the film’s performance at the Irish Box Office, and that The Young Offenders has been so warmly embraced by Irish audiences. I can’t wait to see what Peter and all the cast and crew do next. Hopefully it’s a sequel!”
The comedy is heading into its 6th week of release (7th including previews) and is still showing in nearly 50 cinemas across the country this weekend.
Inspired by Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure of €440 million off the coast of Cork in 2007, The Young Offenders follows two Cork inner-city teenagers, Conor and Jock, as they embark on a 160 km road trip on stolen bikes, in the hopes of finding an unrecovered bale of cocaine. It’s the debut feature from Peter Foott, and introduces new acting talent, Chris Walley and Alex Murphy in the lead roles, with comedians Hilary Rose and PJ Gallagher also starring.