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The inaugural Goldie goes to Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day. The stars, from left, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith and Robb Wells are also listed as co-writers on the comedy. ((Alliance Films))

Telefilm is celebrating Canadian box office hits with a new $40,000 award toasting the highest grossing English-language feature film of the past year.

The movie funding agency has announced The Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day as the inaugural winner of the Golden Box Office Award, nicknamed the Goldie.

The prize will recognize a film's director and its screenwriters.

Countdown to Liquor Day — a second movie based on the beloved, but now defunct TV series Trailer Park Boys — grossed $1.32 million on its opening weekend and went on to gross $2.9 million in total.

The inaugural Goldie will be awarded at a ceremony in Halifax on Friday morning, with writer-director Mike Clattenburg and co-writers Timm Hannebohm, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith to share in the $40,000 prize.

Tremblay, Wells and Smith also star as the titular mobile home dwellers Julian, Ricky and Bubbles, respectively.

Two prizes similar to the Goldie already exist.

In 1976, the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association introduced the Golden Reel Award, presented to the Canadian film with the biggest box office gross of the past year. The honour has been presented as part of the Genie Awards ceremony since 1980.

Also, Les Prix Jutra — Canada's annual French-language film honours — hands out the Billet d'or (Golden Ticket) to the year's top grossing Quebec film.

Earlier this year, Émile Gaudreault's father-son action-comedy De père en flic (Father and Guns) scooped both the Golden Reel at the Genies and the Billet d'or at the Jutras. Released in 2009, the undercover cop comedy grossed nearly $11 million at the domestic box office, set a new record as the highest domestic grossing French-language film ever released in Canada and is being developed as a Hollywood feature.

With files from The Canadian Press