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On Sunday, all movies are $4 at Statesboro AMC
Tickets on Sunday, for all movies, all day will cost $4 at the Statesboro 12 AMC theater and theaters around the nation.
Tickets on Sunday, for all movies, all day will cost $4 at the Statesboro 12 AMC theater and theaters around the nation.

Still haven't seen “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer”? 

On Sunday, you'll be able to catch up for $4 a ticket in movie theaters nationwide, including the AMC Statesboro 12 theater behind the Statesboro Mall.

Theater owners announced this week that the second annual National Cinema Day will be held Sunday, Aug. 27. For one day, all movies — in all formats and at all showtimes — will be $4 at participating theaters. More than 3,000 theaters are participating, which accounts for most of the cinemas in the U.S., including the leading chains AMC and Regal.

In addition to “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” playing at the Statesboro theater, also playing are: “Gran Turismo: Based on a True Story,” “Blue Beetle,” “Strays,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” “Meg 2: The Trench,” “Talk to Me,” “Haunted Mansion,” “Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One,” “The Hill” and “Retribution.” Tickets for all showings, all day will be $4.

It's the second straight year theaters are trotting out the one-day event at the tail end of summer.

Last year's inaugural National Cinema Day, put on by the Cinema Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Theater Owners, was judged an enormous success. An estimated 8.1 million moviegoers bought $3 tickets on Saturday, Sept. 3. The average movie ticket in 2022, according to NATO, cost $10.53.

The discount turned into the highest attended day of the year for theaters. A normally quiet time instead saw cinemas crowded with moviegoers — and theaters sold plenty of popcorn. This year, the day is moving up slightly on the calendar, shifting from Saturday to Sunday, and costs $1 more.

But thanks to remarkably sustained interest in “Barbie," as well as in “Oppenheimer,” the August box office has been booming. The summer box office is up to $3.8 billion in ticket sales through Sunday, according to data firm Comscore — about 16.6% ahead of 2022 at the same point.

While last year's Cinema Day had fairly paltry offerings ( "Top Gun: Maverick" was the top draw, more than two months after it opened), this year's will feature “Barbie" in its fifth week. Greta Gerwig's record-breaking film has made $1.28 billion worldwide. There's also Christopher Nolan's “Oppenheimer” ($717.8 million globally), the second week of the DC Comics film “Blue Beetle” and new releases “Gran Turismo,” “Golda," “Bottoms” and “Retribution."

The event is also a way for studios to sell audiences on their fall lineups. A sneak peek of anticipated autumn releases will play before each screening.

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