Moviegoers jam box office for $3 tickets on National Cinema Day (includes video story)

Theaters across the United States marked Saturday, Sept. 3 the one-day premiere of “National Cinema Day” and millions were reeled in for the discounted tickets.

“I’m really excited about the ticket prices that I made sure to clear my schedule to be here today,” said Brianna Howard, who attended CMX Cinemas to watch “Nope.” 

Over 3,000 theaters advertised $3 movie tickets for every movie and format, including premium formats such as IMAX and 3D, after the pandemic caused a plummet in cinema industry sales.

According to The Cinema Foundation, this event was created as a form of gratitude to the movie fans who showed up to theaters this summer, which helped with its financial success, and to motivate others to return to cinemas.

Many movies overperformed at the box office, such as “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which brought in $24.3 million and attracted an astounding 8.1 million people to theaters.

Samantha Gutierrez is a student journalist majoring in Digital Communication and Media. As a bilingual reporter, she enjoys covering stories about her diverse Miami community. With a strong passion for broadcasting, she aspires to pursue a career as a multimedia journalist in South Florida.

Esteban Rodriguez is a sophomore majoring in TV/Broadcast media. He is a producer for Caplin News and FIU's Sports show, Sideline. He hopes to pursue this path of producing for Sports Networks and/or Hollywood in the Film Industry.


Alexandra Howard is a senior pursuing a dual degree in digital journalism and political science. She intends to later graduate from law school and become an immigration lawyer and political journalist.

Megan is a Digital Communication and Media Major with a focus on Television and Multimedia Production. She is also pursuing a minor in Social Media and E-Marketing Analytics. After graduation, she plans on using the skills and knowledge gained to become an editor in the entertainment industry.

Julian Davis is a student at Florida International University, pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism. Julian is Jamaican-American and is passionate about photography and the environment, always looking for a way to inspire others about the same. He currently works as a photographer for the school newspaper, PantherNOW. After graduation, Julian aspires to do investigative journalism focusing on environmental corruption.