Fewer admissions to U.S. films in 2014

Québec, February 19, 2015 – Overall attendance at Québec movie theatres declined by 12% in 2014 (18.6 million admissions), continuing its downward trend observed over the past 10 years. This was due to a 2.8 million decline in admissions to U.S. productions, the largest drop since 1985. 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.

Fewer moviegoers per screening

The movie theatre occupancy rate stood at 10%, down for the third consecutive year. This is the lowest occupancy rate since this indicator was established in 1975.

Attendance at Québec films stable

Attendance at Québec films remained stable with 1.2 million admissions (1.3 million in 2013 and 1.2 million in 2012). Following a significant decline, Québec films managed to retain their public over the past two years despite a generalized loss of interest in movie-going.

The drama Mommy ranked tenth at the general 2014 box-office and dominated Québec films with 363,000 admissions. It was followed by the comedy 1987 (270,000) and the sports drama La petite reine (109,000). Together, these three movies accounted for 60% of total attendance at Québec films.

This information was taken from Issue No. 37 of Optique culture, which is available on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.

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