The local laugher De père en flic had a blockbuster
opening, one of the best ever in the history of Québécois cinema.
rang up $1.9 million at the box office in its first five days in
cinemas across Quebec, including $1.3 million over the weekend.
comedy - which stars popular vedettes Michel Côté and Louis-José Houde
as Montreal cops who also happen to be father and son - opened last
That boffo performance basically ties it with
bilingual action-comedy Bon Cop, Bad Cop, which held the record for the
best opening ever for a local flick, said Simon Beaudry, president of
box-office tracking firm Cinéac. Bon Cop opened on a Thursday night in
August 2006 and it grossed $1.4 million in its first four days, making
roughly $1.3 in its opening weekend (just like De père en flic).
Émile Gaudreault's De père en flic also landed in the North American
top 20 on the weekend, taking the No. 12 spot on that continent-wide
chart. It was just behind Night at the Museum 2 ($1.5 million) and
ahead of Star Trek ($1.2 million). The No. 1 movie in North America on
the weekend was the politically incorrect Sacha Baron Cohen picture
Bruno, which grossed $30.2 million across North America.
Bruno was much less of a draw here in La Belle Province, landing in the
fourth spot, with ticket sales of only $219,000. Ice
Age - Dawn
of the Dinosaurs and Transformers - Revenge of the Fallen both did
better at the ticket wicket here than Bruno (landing at No. 2 and No. 3
respectively on the local box-office chart).
Bon Cop Bad
Cop famously went on to become the top-grossing Canadian film ever in
its home country, grossing $12 million, including $10.6 million in
Quebec. But Beaudry from Cinéac said he would be surprised to see De
père en flic match that record-breaking box-office score.
Cop is like Titanic," Beaudry said. "It kept doing steady business for
five or six weeks. The competition this July is huge.
very crowded marketplace. But the word of mouth should be good for De
père en flic. It was well reviewed and has an all-star cast. It pleased
the public and the critics, so it's a match made in heaven."
Beaudry also said the poor weather conditions, particularly on the weekend, helped boost the ticket sales for De père en flic.
and Houde play Montreal cops on the trail of biker bad guys, and to get
info on the mobsters, they have to go undercover to a self-help camp in
the woods for fathers and sons who don't get along. They're there to
keep tabs on a biker-gang lawyer and his son, played by Rémy Girard and
It is a light comedy co-written by Gaudreault, who also directed the big-screen version of Mambo Italiano.
in Florida, where she was vacationing, producer Denise Robert said she
was pleasantly surprised by the hot sales and was particularly pumped
to see it make it to the No. 12 spot on the North American top 20.
exceptional because all of the films ahead of us have at least 1,000
copies," Robert said. "To see our film performing as well as the big
American films, that's exciting."