The best Irish films in the United States are in theatres, not in theaters, and they are the best movies that are available to people in Ireland, according to a new report from the International Film Market.
The report, released on Thursday by the IFLM, found that the US has an average of 5.5 foreign films in theatre each year, compared with an average 4.4 foreign films for Ireland.
The most popular films in this country are American films starring actors from Ireland, Germany, France and Australia, with the number of films in Ireland’s cinemas rising from 2,500 in 2014 to 4,000 in 2020.
But in a country that has only recently begun to open its own cinemas, the number in Ireland has fallen from about 5,000 a decade ago to around 2,000 today.
This is because there are now fewer Irish-made films in cinemas than there are in theaters.
The report found that about 5% of films produced in Ireland were made outside of Ireland.
A similar trend is also evident in the number and quality of Irish-language films released in the States, the report found.
In 2016, the top-grossing Irish-speaking films were The Irishman (2014), The Devil Wears Prada (2015), The Big Short (2016), and The Big Sick (2017).
In 2020, the film industry’s biggest domestic film grosser was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with $43.5 million.
It also found that foreign-language movies have had an especially strong year for Irish-born films, with an estimated $4.7 billion of foreign-born grosses in 2020, up 10% from 2016.
That is nearly double the $3.9 billion in grosses earned in the year to 2021.