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De père en flic takes aim at Bon Cop, Bad Cop's Quebec box-office record

The local laugher De père en flic had a blockbuster opening, one of the best ever in the history of Québécois cinema.

It 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.

The comedy - which stars popular vedettes Michel Côté and Louis-José Houde as Montreal cops who also happen to be father and son - opened last Wednesday.

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).

Writer-director 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.

Oddly, 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.

"Bon Cop is like Titanic," Beaudry said. "It kept doing steady business for five or six weeks. The competition this July is huge.

It's a 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.

Côté 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 Patrick Drolet.

It is a light comedy co-written by Gaudreault, who also directed the big-screen version of Mambo Italiano.

Reached 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.

"That's 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."


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Как бы его достать? Мне просто необходимо посмотреть этот фильм!!! )))

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