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'Resident Evil: Afterlife' Overlooked as 'Splice' Grabs Canadian Box Office Trophy

Telefilm Canada gives its Golden Box Office Award to "Splice," which grossed $2.1 million at the Canadian box office in 2010, bypassing "Resident Evil: Afterlife" after it earned $7 million at the Canadian cash register.

TORONTO – From the "stranger than we can imagine" bureau: Telefilm Canada has sidestepped the Canadian blockbuster Resident Evil: Afterlife to give its Golden Box Office Award for the country’s top 2010 box office earner to Vincenzo Natali’s creature feature Splice.

The Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley-starrer, a Canadian-French co-production, secured $2.1 million in Canadian box office last year, and $26.9 million worldwide.

Telefilm Canada, the federal government’s film financier, in honoring Splice, overlooked Resident Evil: Afterlife, which grossed $7 million at the Canadian box office last year.

“Without their support this strange but beautiful creature could never have come to life,” Splice director and co-writer Natali said Thursday of Telefilm Canada’s investment in his film after receiving a check for $40,000 that accompanies the Golden Box Office Award.

Resident Evil: Afterlife, directed by Paul W. S. Anderson and like Splice a Canadian-French co-production, went on to secure around $300 million in worldwide ticket receipts in 2010.

Despite having no Telefilm Canada investment, Resident Evil: Afterlife was honored by the Genies, Canada’s film awards, with its Golden Reel Award, given annually to the Canadian film that secures the highest domestic box office.