Star Wars: The Force Awakens took in more than €3 million in just five days in Ireland
The force is strong with Irish Star Wars fans, with more than €3 million box office sales in Ireland recorded in just five days for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
According to analysts, cinemas had a blockbuster Christmas and the rest of the economy saw growing consumer spending throughout last year.
Conor Langford, Ireland country manager of Visa Europe, said: "Cinemas in particularly benefited from the release of the latest Star Wars blockbuster, which recorded over three million euro in sales in five days alone.
"Overall it capped off a very positive 12 months as rising levels of consumer spending continued to contribute to economic growth."
Mr Langford said the latest growth in December was an extremely positive milestone for the economy as there was a year-on-year rise in consumer spending every month during 2015.
The new Star Wars film, directed by JJ Abrams and starring Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, generated €836,845 in ticket sales by cinema-goers on its opening day alone, which represents a new Irish record.
The film passed out Bond flick Spectre, putting that movie second on the list for Irish film fans in 2015.
The movie is still taking almost half a million a week in Irish cinemas, putting it on course to become the most successful film ever released here in the coming days.