The success of Brendan O'Carroll's Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie has sent Irish box office figures soaring as high as the summer temperatures.

Irish cinemas enjoyed a healthy rise in ticket sales thanks to the successful move to celluloid for Agnes Brown, which raked in a record €1.02m on its opening weekend alone - meanwhile the US is set for its worst box office decline in decades.

Experts estimate the final take in America is expected to finish 15-20% down on last year when the season closes in six weeks' time.

But the success of comedies such as Mrs Brown's Boys and 22 Jump Street left the Irish cinema business looking far healthier with summer figures up 3.8% on last year. The total for the year is also looking good with attendance figures up 2.6%.

Rentrak EDI, the company that gathers box office figures worldwide, said the strong Irish showing should continue through the rest of the year as a lot of big titles were held back to avoid clashing with the recent World Cup.