As August saw the steepest monthly decline in box office revenue in history with a 16% tumble from last year, September isn't shaping up to do much better, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

For the first time in a quarter century, there are no new films debuting nationwide this Labor Day weekend, putting September off to a soft start already. August marked the first time a summer didn't make $4 billion in ticket sales since 2006, according to data from comScore, and summer attendance slid to a 25-year low in terms of tickets sold last month.

The Weinstein Co. period drama "Tulip Fever" will open this weekend, but only to a limited audience in 600 locations. It was originally set to open last summer, but has been pushed back repeatedly. Labor Day hasn't been without a nationwide opener since 1992, which was the worst Labor Day ticket sales performance ever.

Absent a new title, Lions Gate (LGF.A) holdover "The Hitman's Bodyguard" will likely take the top spot for a third week, tracking to earn $5 million to $7 million this weekend. Sony Corp.-owned (SNE) - Get Report Sony Pictures Entertainment will release Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in about 900 theaters to commemorate the film's 40th anniversary.

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Stock of movie theater operator AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. (AMC) - Get Report has crumbled this summer, down 43% since Memorial Day. Industry peer Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) is down 25% in the same period.

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