Resident Evil 4 Now the Top-Grossing Canadian Movie

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Resident Evil: Afterlife, the most recent episode in the Resident Evil film franchise has now topped $280 million at the box office world-wide. That makes it the profitable movie in Canadian film history.

The movie stars Ukrainian born Mila Jovovich and was the first in the series to be filmed stereoscopic 3-D. It utilized the Fusion Camera System that was first used in the world-wide #1 box officer earner, Avatar, and developed by Vincent Pace and Canadian James Cameron.

Resident Evil 4 premiered earlier this year to generally positive reviews and high audience attendance. Like the earlier Resident Evil films, it was shot entirely in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.

The franchise is based on a video game by the same name, developed by Osaka-based Capcom Co. Ltd and released in 1996 for the PlayStation and later ported to other gaming systems.

The movie was produced by film veteran Don Carmody, who previously held the record for the top box office grossing Canadian movie for his 1981 teen comedy Porky’s, which spawned two sequels: Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983) and Porky’s Revenge (1985) and costarred a young Kim Cattrall (“Sex and the City”).  Carmody is also the co-producer of the Oscar-winning musical Chicago.

“We had a terrific experience making and posting this latest in the Resident Evil series. The local Toronto cast and crew were exceptional as always and proved themselves to be world class in mastering the complicated 3-D technology,” said Carmody.

In a statement, the Ontario Media Development Corporation observed that Canadian-German co-production helped boost film and television production to $946.4 million in 2009, a 41 per cent increase over the previous year.?