Irish co-production Song For A Raggy Boy got off to an excellent start in Ireland at the weekend. The $147,000 (Euros 126,512/ £88,324) opening weekend was enough to get the drama 11th place in the UK/Ireland chart despite playing on just 36 prints in the Republic Of Ireland.
With a screen average of $4,100 director Aisling Walsh's film is the latest success at home for an Irish film following high profile releases through BVI for Veronica Guerin and Intermission. Song For A Raggy Boy is released in Ireland by Abbey Films with international sales handled by Lolafilms. It has yet to find a UK distributor.
Based on a true story, Song For A Raggy Boy tells the story of one man's courage to fight the tough regime in a boys Irish Reformatory School in 1939 where he teaches. It stars Aidan Quinn and Iain Glen.
Elsewhere in the chart, BVI saw a double whammy taking $14.4m (£8.6m) from Finding Nemo and Kill Bill Vol.1 combined. Going wide this week the first instalment of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill took $4.5m (£2.7m) from 372 sites.
Fox's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LXG) and Warner Bros' Mystic River also enjoyed strong openings. LXG's launch figures include previews of $312,940 (£187,138) from 267 sites.
The percentage drop for Cabin Fever reflects second weekend against first weekend plus previews. Week-on-week drop was 44%.