Cinema sales sing as High School Musical breaks Irish box office records

The latest High School Musical instalment has broken Irish records for the biggest opening weekend of a musical film.
The Disney hit brought in €1.6m in its opening weekend, including two days of previews.

Tweens have been flocking to screens around the country to see the first cinema release of the phenomenon that has gathered a following of both boys and girls worldwide.

The film has reached number one in every country in which it has been released, including in the UK and Ireland, where combined ticket sales total €10.5m.

The High School Musical craze began as a straight-to-TV film on the Disney Channel and now the third film in the series has made history for the biggest opening weekend for a musical film in Ireland.

The movie took €978,943 over three days, excluding the previews, beating the previous record holder Mamma Mia, which opened in Ireland on just over €700k