Quebec comedy Father And Guns (De Père En Flic) was the top film at the province’s box office over the weekend, earning an astounding $1.6m (C$1.8m). The sum was more than the combined grosses of the four other top five titles: Brüno, Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen and Public Enemies.
It claimed the number four film slot in all of Canada, despite only being released in Quebec where Alliance Vivafilm is distributing.
Directed by Émile Gaudreault, the director of Mambo Italiano, the film was produced by Denise Robert and Daniel Louis of Montreal-based Cinemaginaire.
The story follows a dysfunctional father-son couple. To save the life of an undercover agent kidnapped by a biker gang, two cops infiltrate an outdoor adventure therapy camp for fathers and sons. While they attempt to gather information about one of the participants, they also have to come to terms with their own relationship. Their biggest challenge is to survive the therapy without killing each other.
Alliance Films will release the film in the rest of Canada. It’s the second recent Canadian hit for Alliance, following Paul Gross’ Passchendaele.