Jay Baruchel’s Goon scores Canada’s top box-office prize

Jay Baruchel’s Goon scores Canada’s top box-office prize

June 10, 2013

Jay Baruchel’s hockey comedy Goon has scored Telefilm’s Golden Box Office prize for topping the box office in 2012.

The annual award recognizes the homegrown English-language feature film that draws the most money at Canadian theatres.

It comes with a $20,000 cash prize for the director and a $20,000 cash prize for the writers.

Telefilm Canada says Goon director Michael Dowse and Baruchel, who co-wrote the film withPineapple Express and Superbad scribe Evan Goldberg, will be among those attending the awards bash.

The presentation takes place June 18 at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Goon was a box office hit from the moment it opened in February, 2012, beating out Hollywood imports its first weekend out and going on to surpass the $3-million mark.

Seann William Scott starred as a bouncer-turned-hockey-enforcer who muscles his way through the minor leagues. Baruchel co-starred alongside Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy, Allison Pill and Marc-André Grondin.

Telefilm says Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Johnny Bower and co-stars Grondin, Jonathan Cherry, David Paetkau, George Tchortov and Richard Clarkin will also be at the awards presentation.