Detailed report on movie attendance in 2014

Québec, June 18, 2015 – In 2014, movie attendance declined by 11%, including a 28% drop for 3D movies. The share of attendance at 3D movies decreased from 24% in 2013 to 19% in 2014. These statistics were released today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Strong presence of documentaries among Québec film offering

A total of 73 new Québec feature films were shown in movie theaters in 2014, more than the record number of 69 established in 2012. These films included 28 documentaries, 25 dramas, 9 comedies and 11 movies falling into another category (chronicle, fairy tale, essay, etc.).

Uneven success of Québec films by region

Province-wide, Québec films accounted for 7% of movie attendance (6% in 2013), but in most administrative regions, their share was higher, including in Bas-Saint-Laurent (10%) and Côte-Nord (9%). The Laurentides (6%), Montréal (6%) and Laval (5%) regions stood out with results under the Québec average.

As a reminder, last February, we announced that the drop observed in movie theatre attendance in Québec over the past ten years continued in 2014 with a 2.3 million drop in admissions (-11%) and an occupancy rate at an all-time low of 10%. The results for the past year are due to a 14% drop (-2.5 million) in admissions to U.S. productions.

These figures are drawn from the 2015 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 movie theatre operating results and contains many statistics on the subject. It also gives special attention to the performance of Québec films.

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