Here is FoundLocally's analysis of how many (of about 2000) screens across Canada show each movie. Movie theatres anticipate which movies should draw more people and therefore allocate more screens. ( for week of Thursday December 5, 2013 (updated Dec 6))
EDITORS NOTE: But, is that the "chicken" or the "egg"? Some consider it more more relevant
estimate a movie's staying power (ie best viewing bets) and screen percentage AFTER their first weekend of release. This is
more indicative of REAL audience demand, not just the critics' prespective. See how last week's * (new) movies rank in this week's ranking.