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: More Americans are ready to mingle — but some group activities are more popular than others

More adults say they plan to attend at least one live event or attraction in the fourth quarter of the year than the first three quarters combined. Some 61% of people say they’re ready to mingle in the fourth quarter, versus 51% earlier in the year.

No. 1 on their list: movie theaters.  Nearly one quarter had already planned to attend as of the Sept. 29 to Oct. 4 polling dates, with 34% planning to attend before the end of the year, according to a survey by Bankrate.com.

Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” debuted with $40.1 million in ticket sales in its opening weekend in North America. AT&T’s
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Warner Bros. released the Legendary Entertainment production simultaneously in theaters and streaming on HBO Max.

In a statement to Variety last year, Villeneuve said he disagreed with the decision to have a simultaneous streaming of his movie. “With this decision AT&T has hijacked one of the most respectable and important studios in film history,” he said.

“Streaming services are a positive and powerful addition to the movie and TV ecosystems. But I want the audience to understand that streaming alone can’t sustain the film industry as we knew it before COVID,” he wrote.

Next up in Bankrate’s popularity poll: Amusement parks, zoos and aquariums. That was followed by fairs, festivals and/or carnivals (21% of those surveyed had already been to one and 28% said they would go by the end of the year).

As the rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. now hovers at close to 58%, young adults said they’re more likely to attend public events or attractions, adding that they are also more likely to incur debt to do so. 

AMC Entertainment Holdings
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closed up 0.7% on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average
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the Nasdaq Composite Index
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and the S&P 500
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all closed slightly higher. The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs.

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