Movie posters from summer 2018 releases. Photo: Eric Lafforgue/Art In All Of Us/Corbis via Getty Images.

The U.S. box office is projected to hit a record-breaking $12 billion in 2018, proving past critiques wrong of how movie theaters cannot sustain in the age of streaming and home viewing, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Why it matters: Studios are realizing there is more attendance potential in the off-seasons of fall and spring than being part of summer's blockbuster lineup. Box office totals are expected to be up 10% from 2017. Marvel's "Venom" had an $80 million debut from the weekend of Oct. 5–7 — the best opening ever for that month.

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Millions of Americans who normally vote in person on election day will turn to early voting or mail-in ballots this fall — but that only works if you understand your state's election rules, deadlines and how to ensure your vote is counted.

Driving the news: Axios is launching an interactive resource, built on research by RepresentUs, a nonpartisan election reform group, to help voters across the country to get the information they need.

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It's not just emotional buying, real estate agents say: There are smart and strategic reasons that Americans of all ages, races and incomes are moving away from urban centers.

Why it matters: Bidding wars, frantic plays for a big suburban house with a pool, buying a property sight unseen — they're all part of Americans' calculus that our lives and lifestyles have been permanently changed by coronavirus and that we'll need more space (indoors and out) for the long term.

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America's coronavirus outbreak is slowing down after a summer of explosive growth.

By the numbers: The U.S. is averaging roughly 52,000 new cases per day — still a lot of cases, but about 10.5% fewer than it was averaging last week.