Following its second weekend playing in Irish cinemas, Cardboard Gangsters is now on track to become the biggest Irish film of the year at the Irish box office.  The gritty crime drama grossed €78k at the Republic of Ireland box office from 47 cinemas over the weekend and charted in 3rd position, just behind Hollywood blockbusters Transformers and Wonder Woman.  This was up from 4th position last week.

The film expanded into Northern Ireland cinemas last Friday and the gross box office for the island of Ireland now stands at €192k.  This was a massive increase of over 80% on last weekend’s figures.

Another 10 new cinemas are due to open the film from this Friday 30th June.

Directed by Mark O’Connor and starring John Connors ‘(Love/Hate’, King of the Travellers), Fionn Walton (Out of HereWhat 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.


Mark O’Connor, Co-writer & Director of ‘Cardboard Gangsters’


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