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Motion picture theatres, 2014

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Released: 2016-02-19

The motion picture and video exhibition industry generated operating revenue of $1.6 billion in 2014. Operating expenses were $1.4 billion, resulting in an operating profit margin of 13.0%.

Ontario (40.6%) accounted for the largest share of operating revenues in this industry, followed by Quebec (17.6%), Alberta (15.7%) and British Columbia (14.2%).

Total admission receipts (box office sales) were the main source of revenue for this industry at $902.4 million, followed by concession revenue (the sale of food and beverages) at $480.5 million.

Cinemas, including indoor theatres, drive-ins and film festivals, sold 91.0 million tickets (paid admissions) in 2014.

  Note to readers

Changes to the methodology were made to the Survey of Service Industries: Motion Picture Theatres. Users should, therefore, exercise caution when comparing 2014 data with historical datasets. For more information on the methodology changes, consult the document on the Integrated Business Statistics Program in the Behind the data feature of our website.

Beginning with this release, the estimates are based on the 2012 North American Industrial Classification System.

The publication Motion Picture Theatres (Catalogue number87F0009X) is no longer available. Data from the Survey of Service Industries: Motion Picture Theatres will now be released in CANSIM.

With this release, CANSIM tables 361-0068 and 361-0069 are replacing CANSIM tables 361-0012 and 361-0028, which have now been terminated.

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