'Iron Man 3,' 'Hunger Games' Rule Canadian Box Office in 2013
TORONTO -- Hollywood had another banner year at the Canadian box office in 2013.
U.S. studio and indie pics grabbed a 93 percent share of screen time at the local multiplex, according to Canadian box office tracker Zoom Services.
Summer 2013 performers like Disney's Iron Man 3 and Universal's Despicable Me 2 dominated the Canadian box office, grossing CAN$36.4 million (US$33.3 million) and CAN$32.4 million (US$29.6 million) respectively.
Also coming out on top with Canadian moviegoers last year were the Entertainment One release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which raked in CAN$35.7 million ($32.6 million) in local ticket receipts, and Warner Bros.' The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which outperformed in Canada, compared to the U.S. market, by placing fourth in the Canadian box-office league table with CAN$29 million ($26.5 million) in business.
The Toronto-shot Canada-German co-production Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, while bombing in the U.S. market, was the top-grossing Canadian film last year with CAN$5.1 million ($4.6 million) in ticket receipts for distributor eOne, Zoom Services reported.
Overall, the Canadian box office in 2013 mostly mirrored the U.S. market, with other top performers including Paramount's Star Trek Into Darkness pulling in CAN$26.7 million (US$24.4 million), and Warner Bros.' Man of Steel earning CAN$26 million (US$23.8 million) at the local multiplex.