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AMC theaters shatter Labor Day weekend record, outpace 2019 for the first time during pandemic
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Movie theaters have been on life support during the coronavirus pandemic, but AMC announced Tuesday that more people went to its theaters over the Labor Day weekend this year than on the same weekend in 2019.
AMC, the largest movie exhibitor in the world with roughly 950 theaters, said that from Thursday, Sept. 2 to Sunday, Sept. 5, more than 2 million people went to its theaters in the United States and more than 800,000 went to its international theaters.
The success is due in large part to "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," which brought in $90 million on its opening weekend, roughly triple the previous Labor Day opening weekend record from 2007.
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"This is the very first weekend that our attendance numbers were ahead of those of the same weekend pre-pandemic, since we closed our theaters in March of 2020," Adam Aron, chairman and CEO of AMC Theatres, said in a statement Tuesday. "This encouraging surge in attendance at AMC signals that as Hollywood releases movies, Americans eagerly want to return to movie theaters again."