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The Summer Box Office Wars Come to Streaming

Photograph: Ollie Upton/HBO
Julia Alexander
July 28, 2022

The summer blockbuster showdown used to happen in IMAX theaters across the globe. And by used to, I mean all of three years ago. Yes, there was once a time when the competition between franchises, helmed by the biggest studios in Hollywood, was measured in actual ticket sales and culminated weekly in an obsessively-scrutinized Sunday box office report.