Canada Box Office: Revenue Rises to $699M in 2015
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' 'Jurassic World' and 'Avenger: Age of Ultron' were the year's top performers.
Lifted by Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World, Canada's box office earned CAN $988 million (U. S.$699.3 million) in 2015, up 4.5 percent from a disappointing previous-year $945.8 million, but short of the 2012 box office record of $1.094 billion.
The latest Canadian figures, released Friday by the Movie Theater Associations of Canada, are part of U.S. $11 billion-plus in revenue Hollywood earned in North America last year, as Canada is considered part of the studios' domestic market.
Hollywood claimed all top-ten spots at the Canadian multiplex for 2015, led by Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens earning CAN $58.1 million (U.S. $41.1 million) last year after bowing on Dec. 18, 2015, Universal's Jurassic World taking in CAN $54.1 million (U.S. $38.3 million), and Disney's Avenger: Age of Ultron earning CAN $39.8 million (U.S. $28.3 million).
Other 2015 box office hits included Universal's Minions and Furious 7, Sony's Spectre, Disney's Inside Out and Fox's The Martian. The year-end tally indicates Universal grabbed a 21 percent share of the Canadian box office in 2015, Disney earned a 19 percent share, with Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox each picking up a 13 percent share.