BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Anchor Bay Films opened its latest film, Kill the Irishman, to extremely strong per screen averages this past weekend. The film brought in an average of $29,086 per screen and is the second highest per screen average this year. It is currently on five screens and will open wider this next weekend.
"We are extremely pleased with the response we've received on Kill the Irishman," commented Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment. "We knew audiences would love this film. It has a great cast and a great storyline."
Over the summer of 1976, thirty-six bombs detonate in the heart of Cleveland while a turf war raged between Irish mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson) and the Italian mafia. Based on a true story, Kill the Irishman chronicles Greene's heroic rise from a tough Cleveland neighborhood to become an enforcer in the local mob. Turning the tables on loan shark Shondor Birns (Christopher Walken) and allying himself with gangster John Nardi (Vincent D'Onofrio), Greene stops taking orders from the mafia and pursues his own power. Surviving countless assassination attempts from the mob and killing off anyone who went after him in retaliation, Danny Greene's infamous invincibility and notorious fearlessness eventually led to the collapse of mafia syndicates across the U.S. and also earned him the status of the man the mob couldn't kill.
Written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and also starring Val Kilmer, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini, Kill the Irishman is inspired by Rick Porrello's true crime account To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia. Kill the Irishman is a Code Entertainment Production in association with Dundee Productions.
About Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay Films is unique in that it offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the U.S. Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and is on the ground providing quality distribution with operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, as well as distribution capabilities in other key territories. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. The company recently released the critically-acclaimed comedy City Island starring Andy Garcia, Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas and happythankyoumoreplease with Josh Radnor. Upcoming releases include Meet Monica Velour with Kim Cattrall and Toronto International Film Festival award-winner Beautiful Boy with Michael Sheen and Maria Bello. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of Starz Media, LLC (www.starzmedia.com) which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (Nasdaq: LSTZA).
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