The year 2020 is one to forget for Quebec cinemas. With the pandemic that shut theaters for several months, the province’s box office revenues fell 75% from the previous year.
According to the annual report of the Cinéac agency, which was unveiled Thursday morning, the receipts of all the cinemas of Quebec amounted to $ 45,094,703 in 2020, a significant drop, but predictable compared to the figures for 2019 as the province’s overall box office climbed to $ 176,751,882.
“The year 2020 has been disastrous for us,” admits the president of the Corporation des cinemas du Québec, Éric Bouchard. But the good news is that it is over and that with the arrival of vaccines, we can expect a return to normal later in 2021. “
Quebec is doing well
If the picture is bleak for the global box office, Quebec cinema still managed to shine in 2020 by increasing its market share significantly. These went from 7.5% in 2019 to 11.7% in 2020, its best average since 2009 (12.8%). Three Quebec films have made it to the top 20 of the most popular titles of the year in theaters in the province, namely Mafia inc., Suspect number one and My circus to me.
In terms of revenue, on the other hand, Quebec films saw their revenue go from $ 13.3 million in 2019 to $ 5.3 million in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly hurt American cinema. The Hollywood studios having rejected several of their big productions, only 52 American feature films were shown in Quebec in 2020 (against 146 in 2019). As a result, American films at the Quebec box office fell from $ 136.5 million in 2019 to $ 30.9 million in 2020.
TOP 5 (international films)
- 1917 : $ 2.7M
- Sonic the hedgehog : $ 2.6M
- Bad boys for life : $ 2.2M
- Dolittle : $ 1.8M
- Tenet : $ 1.6M
TOP 5 (Quebec films)
- Mafia inc. : $ 1.3M
- Suspect number one : $ 765,126
- My circus to me : $ 662,198
- 14 days 12 nights : $ 294,350
- The Rose : $ 220,789