Movies That Were Filmed in Canada
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
After 2003s mediocre Hulk, Marvel Studios, with the help of Universal Pictures, reacquired the rights to the character and decided to take a stab at making a new movie. Starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, the film’s budget was $150 million, and it earned $263 million, a flop in comparison to today’s Marvel films.
The Incredible Hulk was mostly filmed in Toronto in 2007. Considering William Hurt is currently the only star to reprise his role as Thunderbolt Ross in future Marvel movies, it’s easy to forget that this movie is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, at the end of the film, we see Tony Stark speaking with Ross about recruiting Bruce Banner for the Avengers. Edward Norton was supposed to reprise his role as the Hulk in future MCU films, but Mark Ruffalo replaced him.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse (2009–2010)
After the critical success of the original Twilight, two sequels were largely filmed in Vancouver. New Moon was released in 2009 and set the record for the most successful midnight screening, making $26.3 million. This was later beaten by its successor, Eclipse, which made $30 million from its midnight release.
While the films were hugely successful and developed a cult following, many of the actors didn’t actually enjoy filming them. Stars, including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Anna Kendrick, voiced their criticisms of the films plot, namely its toxic relationship between Edward and Bella.
Mean Girls (2004)
The cult favorite Mean Girls was, for the most part, filmed in Toronto. The film starred Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams, as well as Amanda Seyfried in her film debut. Tina Fey served as screenwriter of the film, and also co-starred.
Mean Girls follows Cady Heron’s return to American high school after having lived in Africa for most of her life. It depicts a somewhat exaggerated image of what high school is like for a lot of teens, which is why it’s seen such success.