Québec, June 26, 2014 – Despite a 2% increase in screenings, total attendance at film establishments in 2013 remained similar to 2012, with 21.2 million admissions. Box office receipts also increased by 2%, due to a 17% growth in 3D movie attendance. This was revealed in the statistics released today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Fourth year of occupancy rate decline
The Québec movie theater occupancy rate has decreased for the fourth consecutive year in 2013, standing at 11%. This situation is driven by a more pronounced drop in attendance compared to available seats (tickets). Since 2009, the occupancy rate of Québec films has always been higher than the overall occupancy rate.
Lower Québec share in Montréal and Laval
Findings reveal that the closer a movie theater is to Montréal, the smaller the share of Québec films in total attendance will be. For example, this share is 3% in Montréal, 5% in Laval, 8% in Montérégie and regions on the outskirts of Montréal (Laurentides and Lanaudière) and 9% in the other regions of Québec.
Downturn in number of film establishments and screens continues
In 2013, there were 100 movie theatres and drive-ins and 738 screens in operation, that is, 5 establishments and 8 screens fewer than in 2012. The number of establishments (– 15%) and screens (– 9%) has declined steadily since the peak reached in 2006. Independent owners held 58% of film establishments, 36% of screens, and relatively stable market shares for the past five years.
These data were taken from the 2014 edition of the publication Statistiques sur l’industrie du film et de la production télévisuelle indépendante, prepared by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec. This publication features exhibition results and contains many statistics on the subject, while giving special attention to the performance of Québec films.
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