A trio of lovable losers from a Nova Scotia trailer park scored big at the box office over the weekend in the Great White North, with Canuck comedy “Trailer Park Boys” opening with a three-day gross of C$1.3 million ($1.2 million) and a per-screen-average of $5,947.
It is playing on 204 screens in Canada and, by the end of Monday, it had increased its total to $1.4 million.
Pic is distributed in Canada by Odeon Films, a division of Alliance Atlantis. (Monday was a holiday in Canada for Thanksgiving.)
That is one of the biggest openings ever for an English-Canadian pic. Four years ago, curling comedy “Men With Brooms” grossed $977,000 on its opening weekend, one of the top English-Canadian openings in the past 20 years.
“Trailer Park Boys” is a bigscreen adaptation of a hit Canadian TV comedy series that runs on the Showcase specialty channel. The film and series focus on the misadventures of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles, three pot-smoking, hard-drinking trailer-park denizens. Pic is directed by series creator Mike Clattenburg, produced by Barrie Dunn and Mike Volpe, and exec produced by Ivan Reitman.
“We had high hopes and it met our expectations,” said Odeon veepee Mark Slone. “By next weekend, we’ll have a better sense of its overall life.”
It was strongest per capita on its home turf in Nova Scotia and was weakest in mostly French-speaking Quebec, where the “Trailer Park Boys” series is little-known. It was not even released in a French dubbed version.
Alliance Atlantis also announced Tuesday that Montreal-made bilingual action-comedy “Bon Cop Bad Cop” has passed “Porky’s” to become the top-grossing local film ever in Canada. “Bon Cop” has grossed $10.2 million since its launch Aug. 3, with ticket sales of $8.1 million from its French version and $2.1 million from its English version. “Porky’s,” which was released in 1981, grossed $10 million in Canada.