Slight increase in Québec film attendance in 2013

Québec, February 27, 2013 – Overall attendance at movie theatres in 2013 totalled 21.1 million admissions, a result similar to 2012 (21.2 million). Box-office revenues ($173 million) and the number of screenings (945,000) edged up 1.6%. These results were taken from the Film Screening Survey conducted by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Québec films
Québec films attracted 1.4 million moviegoers, a 9.2% increase from 2012 (1.2 million). The share of Québec film attendance was 6.4% (5.9% in 2012).

Historical drama Louis Cyr came in 5th place of the 2013 top box-office movies and dominated Québec films with 473,000 admissions—34.9% of all Québec film admissions. It was followed by the sports drama Les Pee-Wee 3D : L’hiver qui a changé ma vie  (178,000 admissions) and Gabrielle (156,000), a romantic drama.

Strong presence of American cinema
Market share of U.S. productions, which averages below 80%, was particularly strong in 2013 with 83.1% of screenings, 85.9% of admissions and 87.0% of revenues. Not since 1996 had American film market shares been this substantial in operating statistics on Québec’s film industry.

This information was taken from Issue No. 30 of Optique culture, a newsletter viewable on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.


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