'The Guard' is number 1 at Irish box office


John Michael McDonagh’s comedy-thriller THE GUARD is a box-office smash with a weekend gross of over half a million euro, knocking BRIDESMAIDS from the coveted No 1 position. This is a fantastic result for an Irish film and its opening weekend results are comparable to other hugely successful Irish films such as MICHAEL COLLINS and IN BRUGES. THE GUARD also picked up Best Irish Feature award at the Galway Film Fleadh this weekend.

Speaking on the success of the film, Andrew Lowe of Element Pictures says that “We are thrilled that Irish people have flocked to see the Guard in such strong numbers. The international success of the Guard has been exciting but success at home is still the most gratifying. The film clearly has caught a zeitgeist and provides audiences with a welcome distraction and relief thanks to the genius of John Michael McDonagh and the brilliance of Brendan Gleeson”

THE GUARD 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.

For full list of cinemas showing THE GUARD log on to: http://www.theguard.ie/where-to-watch/

THE GUARD is released in the US on July 29th & in the UK on August 19th


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