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IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands film 66 Days breaks box office record

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/08/2016

A film about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands broke an Irish box office record after it opened last weekend.

The documentary 'Bobby Sands: 66 Days' was shown in nine cinemas in Northern Ireland and 16 in the Republic.

The controversial film, which is based on the 1981 hunger strike, enjoyed the highest opening weekend viewing figures at the Irish box office for an Irish-made documentary.

Taking in €50,933 (£43,300) over the opening weekend and with previews, it overtook previous record holder The Queen of Ireland.

Patrick O'Neill, MD of Wildcard Distribution which released the film, said it was "a great achievement".

If international documentaries shown in Ireland are included, it falls into second place behind Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11.

Jailed in 1977 for 14 years for his role in bombing a furniture store, Sands starved himself to death in a bid to gain political status in the Maze Prison.

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