Cinemark subscription surge hails post-pandemic cinema rebound By Reuters June 1, 2022 The sequel to Tom Cruise's 1986 hit took in roughly $156 million at US and Canadian box offices over the US Memorial Day weekend. Source: Creative Commons Cinemark Holdings Inc has signed up 1 million paying subscribers to its Movie Club monthly subscription plan, the company said on Wednesday, hailing a rebound in moviegoing after disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. The third-largest movie theater chain in the United States said it was the first cinema operator to cross the 1 million milestone for a paid subscription plan. “It’s real positive momentum, specifically for us, but I think it also is just a reflection on what’s going on in the industry,” President and Chief Executive Sean Gamble said in an interview. “We look at that as just a good sign of enthusiasm about moviegoing.” Launched in December 2017, Cinemark Movie Club costs $10 a month for a movie, discounts on additional tickets and concessions, and other benefits. Extended closings battered business for movie theaters during the pandemic and ticket sales have yet to recover. Year-to-date sales in the United States and Canada are running 40% behind the same point in 2019, data from Comscore shows. Theater owners are hoping for a strong summer, pointing to big audiences for recent releases, such as “Top Gun: Maverick.” The sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 hit took in roughly $156 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices over the US Memorial Day weekend.