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Data on film admissions included in the LUMIERE database is generally compiled on a country-by-country basis.

One exception to this rule involves the province of Québec in Canada for which we include a separate data series.

The inclusion of this distinct data series for Québec, provided by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications, allows us to reflect the specific nature of this French-language market and to provide data based on admissions, rather than on box office revenues. It also allows us to present a far greater level of detail for this market than would otherwise be possible.

Since 2001 reporting by US trade magazine Variety on the North American box office has systematically included results for the US, English-speaking Canada and the province of Québec. Box office results for Québec are provided to Variety by the Cineac Cinema agency. These North American results are shown under the heading US in LUMIERE and are converted to estimated admissions by means of an average ticket price calculation. As the Variety listing covers only the Top 250 films on release in North America in any one year, the inclusion of a separate data series for Québec allows us to provide a more detail for this market and to take advantage of the publication of a series denominated in admissions, rather than in box office revenues.

1. Institut de la statistique du Québec, Observatoire de la culture et des communications

Our source for admissions data is the Observatoire de la culture et des communications. The Observatory, founded in June 2000, is run in partnership with the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ), the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC). The Observatory collects and publishes comprehensive data on the film industry in Québec and maintains the Léo-Ernest-Ouimet database on film admissions, in collaboration with the Régie du cinéma du Québec.

Contact :

200, Chemin Sainte-Foy
Québec (Québec) G1R 5T4
Tel.: +1 418 691 2414
Fax: +1 418 643 4129
E-mail: observatoire@stat.gouv.qc.ca
Internet: http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/observatoire/

2. Cineac Cinema Agency

Since 1993 the Cineac Cinema Agency has compiled comprehensive box office revenue reporting for all films shown on all cinema screens in Québec. The company also maintains a directory of cinemas and of industry professionals for the province of Québec and provides a variety of information services for the Canadian film industry, for the press and major Internet portals, as well as for the principle trade publications both in Canada and elsewhere.

Cineac reporting of box office results for films on release in Québec is included in the overall North American grosses for films published in Variety since 2001. The North American figures are included in the LUMIERE database under the heading 'US'.

Cineac Cinema Agency
2684 Beaubien Est
Montréal (Québec) H1Y 1G7
Tel.: + 1 514 279 1616
Fax: + 1 514 279 9492
E-mail: info@cineac.ca
Internet: http://www.cineac.ca/

© European Audiovisual Observatory

The data base LUMIERE provides a systematic compilation of available data on admissions of the films released in European cinemas since 1996. The data base is the result of the collaboration between the European Audiovisual Observatory and the various specialised national sources as well as the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.