Québec, February 20, 2018. – Attendance at Québec movie theatres totalled 19.5 million admissions in 2017, up 4% from 2016. Box-office earnings ($160.1 million) were up 5%, but the number of screenings (941,000) was down slightly (-1%), leading to an occupancy rate of 10.2% in 2017. These results come from the Film Screening Survey conducted by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
Market share of Québec films doubled
Québec films registered 2.6 million admissions in 2017, more than double the number in 2016 (1.2 million). The share of admissions to Québec films increased from 6.5% in 2016 to 13.3% in 2017. Revenues for those films stood at $19.6 million in 2017, up 115% from 2016.
In 2017, attendance at U.S. films was down 1.1 million admissions. Meanwhile, attendance at Québec films rose by 1.4 million admissions, and that at films from other countries, by 0.6 million admissions. The two most viewed Québec films alone registered nearly 1.3 million admissions in 2017.
Two Québec films in the top 3
The comedy De père en flic 2 topped the 2017 box-office with 683,000 admissions and was followed in third place by another comedy, Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (602,000 admissions). Together, these two movies accounted for 50% of admissions to Québec films. Of the 50 most viewed films in 2017, 41 were from the U.S. (46 in 2016) and 5 were from Québec.
These figures were drawn from Issue 57 of Optique culture, a newsletter found on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.
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