Boxoffice award for 'Trailer Park Boys'

Mike Clattenburg's Canuck feature comedy

TORONTO -- Mike Clattenburg's "The Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day" will receive the inaugural Golden Box Office Award from Telefilm Canada as the highest grossing English-language Canadian feature film of 2009.

The Canuck feature comedy starred Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith, better known as Ricky, Julian and Bubbles of the TV mockumentary "Trailer Park Boys" that ran on Canada's Showcase cable channel between 2001 and 2007.

"Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day" grossed $2.9 million last year at the Canadian boxoffice after debuting at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The first "Trailer Park Boys" theatrical feature, executive produced by Ivan Reitman, in 2006 also emerged as a critical and commercial success in the Canadian market.

The Golden Box Office Award, to be handed out Friday in Halifax with a $40,000 prize, comes as Telefilm, Canada's film financier, opens new fronts to boost the boxoffice returns of local films in an English Canadian market dominated by Hollywood movie releases.

The newly created award from Telefilm is the English-language market equivalent of the Billet d'Or, or Golden Ticket award, handed out to the top-grossing Quebec film as part of that province's Jutra Awards.

The Quebecois film "De pere en flic," (Father and Guns), by director Emile Gaudreault, earlier grabbed both the 2009 Billet d'Or trophy and the Golden Reel award as the top-billing Canadian film last year at the Genies, Canada's film awards.

Telefilm officials insist their Golden Box Office Award is independent of both the Genies and Jutra tributes, not least by going to the director and writers of a top-grossing Canadian film, and not its producer.

In their latest incarnation, Ricky, Julian and Bubbles of the "Trailer Park Boys" are to top-line a new Canadian sitcom "The Drunk and on Drugs Happy Funtime Hour," with Jay Baruchel and Maury Chaykin ("Entourage") guest starring.
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