Goon tops the weekend Canadian box office with $1.2 million

Alliance Films reports the Michael Dowse-directed hockey comedy beat out the Hollywood competition on its opening weekend.
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Michael Dowse’s hockey comedy Goon took in an estimated $1.2 million  at the Canadian box office on its opening weekend, Alliance Films reported Monday.

The Jay Baruchel-starring picture about a bouncer, played by Seann William Scott, who has been touched by the fist of God as he joins a downtrodden hockey team and encourages them to new heights, pulled in an estimated $500,000 on its first Friday night.

The Canadian movie then went on to beat the Hollywood competition all weekend at the local multiplex.

Goon producers report the homegrown movie did well across the country, including in Quebec, where English language Canadian film traditionally have difficulty penetrating against French-language competition.