“Spider-Man: No Way Home” debuted in theaters last weekend to a huge box office win. The superhero film not only beat estimates, grabbing $260 million in North American theaters on opening weekend, but it’s now the second-biggest domestic movie debut ever, behind “Avengers: Endgame,” which brought in $357 million in April 2019, according to Box Office Mojo.
And that’s just one of a slew of movies in theaters now, including “Encanto,” “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and “West Side Story.” Throw in soon-to-be-released titles, such as “The Matrix Resurrections” and “The King’s Man,” and there’s a lot to see.
Movie tickets can quickly get expensive. But with some planning, you likely won’t have to pay full price whether you see the latest movies in a physical theater or on the web.
Seek out discount movie tickets
Several options let you shave down the cost of viewing so you don’t have to pay full price.
Consider movie membership programs: AMC Stubs A-List, Regal Unlimited and Cinemark Movie Club are among the membership programs where — for a subscription fee — you’re entitled to a certain number of tickets per month.
In some cases, these can be a deal even if you see only one movie a month. For example, AMC Stubs A-List costs $23.95 per month in San Francisco (pricing varies by city) and entitles you to up to three movies every week. But an Imax seat for AMC’s San Francisco theater costs $25.98 when reserved online, making it cheaper to join the membership program versus purchasing individual tickets.