The gritty crime drama grossed €78k at the Republic of Ireland box office, from 47 cinemas, and charted in 3rd position, just behind Hollywood blockbusters, Transformers, and Wonder Woman. This was up from fourth position last week.
The film expanded into Northern Ireland cinemas, and the gross box office for the island of Ireland was at €192k. This was a massive increase of over 80%.
Wowing audiences and critics alike, it has been garnering five-star reviews and positive word-of-mouth, making it the must-see movie of the summer. Another 10 new cinemas opened the film on Friday 30th June.
Directed by Mark O’Connor, and starring John Connors ‘(Love/Hate‘, King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (Out of Here, What Richard Did) and Kierston Wareing (Fish Tank, ‘East Enders‘) Cardboard Gangsters follows a group of wannabe gangsters, as they attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex.
Jay Connolly (Connors) is a part-time DJ and low-level drug dealer. When his welfare is cut off, he decides it’s time for him and his gang to enter the big leagues. This attracts the attention of the local King Pin, and sets Jay down a violent and bloody path.
The film was produced for Stalker Films and Five Knight Films, in association with Filmbase, and with the support of the BAI, Egg Post Production, and TV3, and is distributed by Wildcard Distribution.