10. ‘The Dead Zone’ (1983)
Box office total: $20 million
A man who can predict the future sees an unfit President of the United States launching a cataclysmic event that will destroy mankind. In 1983, the Stephen King adaptation was pure fiction. Now, it feels even more sinister in today’s political climate. Starring Christopher Walken, “The Dead Zone” is one of director David Cronenberg’s earliest box office hits.
9. ‘A History Of Violence’ (2005)
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Box office total: $30 million
David Cronenberg continues to serve our country well. The 2005 violent revenge movie starring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris and William Hurt was filmed in and around Toronto. “A History Of Violence” earned Oscar nods for Hurt and screenwriter Josh Olsen.
8. ‘The Fly’ (1986)
Box office total: $37 million
Director David Cronenberg scores a third spot on the list with his 1986 sci-fi odyssey “The Fly”. Shot on location in Cronenberg’s hometown of Toronto, the Jeff Goldblum/Geena Davis movie about an eccentric scientist who turns himself into a fly took home the Oscar for Best makeup for Goldblum’s shocking on-screen transformation.
7. ‘Brooklyn’ (2015)
Box office total: $40 million
The romantic drama about a young Irish immigrant won over audiences and critics alike. A Canadian co-production with Ireland, “Brooklyn” earned three Oscar nominations including a nod for 21-year-old star Saoirse Ronan (her second nomination), screenwriter Nick Hornby and a nomination for Best Picture. Montreal stands in for Brooklyn in most of the film’s exterior shots.
6. ‘Meatballs’ (1979)
Box office total: $43 million
Camp comedy “Meatballs” is full of Canadian talent both on-screen and behind-the-camera. Filmed in Haliburton, Ontario, the movie has remained one of our nation’s highest-grossing movies for over 37 years.
5. ‘The Hurricane’ (1999)
Box office total: $50 million
Partially filmed in Toronto, the Denzel Washington-starring biopic about boxing legend Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s fight for justice was directed by Toronto-born Norman Jewison. Washington received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his role.
4. ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife’ (2010)
Box office total: $60 million
It may not have a Canadian lead, but the Canada-Germany co-production is one of the most-successful Canadian films of all time. The movie landed six Genie Awards, winning the Golden Reel Award which goes to the top-grossing Canadian film of the year.
3. 'Mama' (2013)
Box office total: $71 million
A Canada-Spain co-production, the horror flick “Mama” starring Jessica Chastain scared up over $71 million at the box office. Filmed in Hamilton, Cambridge and Toronto, the Guillermo del Toro-produced movie featured several Canadian actors in secondary roles.
2. ‘Porky’s’ (1982)
Box office total: $111 million
For two decades, the 1950’s-set vulgar teen sex comedy was Canada’s highest-grossing movie of all time. Though it wasn’t a hit with critics, “Porky’s” inspired nearly every sex comedy that came after it.
1. 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' (2002)
Box office total: $240 million
Nia Vardalos culture-clash rom-com is the top-grossing Canadian film of all-time. Filmed in Toronto, the Manitoba-born Vardalos even picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for the movie that charmed audiences at home and abroad.