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

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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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