The Brendan Gleeson movie is a big hit at the Irish box office.

Brendan Gleeson’s current movie THE GUARD is going from strength to strength at the Irish box office, this weekend its box-office take crossed the 2 Million Euro line, making it the biggest Irish release since ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’. All at Element Pictures are thrilled that Irish audiences have embraced THE GUARD so warmly and in such big numbers. Speaking on the movie’s success, producer Chris Clark from Reprisal Films said he is “absolutely delighted with the response to The Guard from Irish audiences and thanks everyone for their incredible support. We can only hope the film connects in such an enthusiastic way in America, the UK and beyond!”

Also Commenting on the success of the film James Hickey, Chief Executive, Board Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board (IFB) said “For an independently produced film to breakout at the Irish box office, overtaking a string of Hollywood hits and Oscar nominated films (TRUE GRIT, BLACK SWAN, THE FIGHTER) that have the weight of a US studio marketing budget behind them, is a remarkable achievement. We are delighted to be able to support projects such as THE GUARD, which is a uniquely Irish film with a broad appeal and has connected with audiences right across Ireland.”

THE GUARD, directed by John Michael McDonagh is a comedy-thriller starring Brendan Gleeson as an unorthodox Irish policeman who joins forces with a straitlaced FBI agent, played by Don Cheadle, to take on an international drug-smuggling gang.

Watch our recent video interview with Brendan Gleeson here