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Box office hits including Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” Universal Pictures’ “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and 20th Century Fox's "Deadpool 2" drove ticket sales up 6% in the U.S. and Canada to a record-breaking $11.8 billion in 2018, according to preliminary data from Comscore, the L.A. Times' Ryan Faughnder reports.

Why it matters: The projections align with the success the box office has seen all year, disproving a continuing theme that the movie theater industry in Hollywood is being killed by streaming giants like Netflix.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.