Los Angeles (Reuters) - Summer blockbusters like "Top Gun: Maverick" and "Jurassic World: Dominion," which grossed nearly a billion dollars

worldwide, show that the film industry is recovering from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. But theatre and studio executives say the business is still a long way from the big-money days

of 2019 before the health crisis shut down theatres and stopped productions all over the world. This year, ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada are likely to reach $7 billion.

This is a big jump from the last two years, but it is still more than a third less than in 2019. Major studios plan to make more movies in 2023,

but it's not clear if the number of movies shown in theatres will get back to where it was before the pandemic.

Rolando Rodriguez, the CEO of Marcus Theatres in Wisconsin, said of the industry's rocky recovery, "It's been a devastating journey." This summer

has helped us get back on track and moving in a good direction. During the fall, things will be a little slow, but the fourth quarter will be exciting again.

Cineworld Group, the second-largest movie theatre chain in the world, filed for bankruptcy in the United States on Wednesday. This shows how

hard it is for theatre owners to make money and how fragile the box office recovery has been since the pandemic.

Some people worry that the growing popularity of streaming around the world has permanently changed how people watch TV and that more theatres will close for good.

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