September Box Office Plunges To Worst Levels In 25 Years

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At a glance

  • For the first time since 9/11 decimated moviegoing, theaters did not see a film with an opening weekend of over $20 million.
  • Despite modestly budgeted successes like Sony’s “The Woman King” and Warner Bros.’ “Don’t Worry Darling,” this September’s box office has sunk to the lowest levels in a quarter-century.
  • The overall total for the month is set to sink to 25-year lows, not counting 2020, when Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” accounted for nearly half the $86  million box office as most theaters remained shut down at the height of the pandemic.

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