As Canada gears up for the summer blockbuster season, a new ranking of the most-watched television shows suggests the country’s big movies could benefit from the country being more of a destination.
The rankings from Nielsen, which is based in the United States, track all the big-budget, multi-generational shows produced or distributed in Canada, including movies, TV shows and music videos.
In 2016, the top five grossing Canadian franchises included:The CW’s The Flash, which earned $1.6 billion in its second year in the U.S. (and its biggest Canadian gross in a year);and Disney’s Frozen, which grossed $1 billion in a debut in Canada in 2016;and Netflix’s Stranger Things, which went into production in Canada last year and grossed more than $1 million in Canada.
As part of the rankings, Canada was ranked No. 1 in the world for TV shows on Netflix, with The Flash earning $1,634 million in its debut season, ahead of the top-grossed show in the Middle East.
It was also No. 4 on Hulu, with Stranger Things grossing $1; and No. 7 on Amazon Prime Video, with Daredevil.
The next-highest-grosser in Canada was Warner Bros.’
DC Comics movie Man of Steel, which was ranked second in the country with $1.,023 million in 2016.
The movie grossed just $9.4 million in the States.
Meanwhile, in the film space, Disney’s The Jungle Book was No. 6 on the list, followed by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which pulled in $1billion in its first year in North America.