The gifts were all unwrapped, the stockings were un-stuffed, and hundreds of families flocked to the movies after their Christmas morning, like they do every year.
With few exceptions, movie theaters are typically open on Christmas Day, making them a common choice for post-presents entertainment for families. This is especially true in Ardmore, where most businesses are closed for the holiday.
According to an annual report from the Motion Picture Association of America, the domestic box office, ticket sales in the US and Canada, reached $11.1 billion.
Felicia Terry came to the theater with a large group of about 12 family members. She said they decided to divide and conquer, with different groups seeing Aquaman, Mary Poppins Returns and Bumblebee.
“We go a lot for Christmas, it’s kind of a thing we do,” Terry said. “It gets you out of the house.”
Preston White, who said they saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi last year on Christmas, said at some point it became customary to see movies during the holidays.
“It seems like every year now, we go to the movies on Christmas,” White said.
Large family get-togethers move to the theater in the afternoon.
Krystal Lewis, another patron, said now that her children are teens the movies have become a Christmas tradition.
“You know, when they’re younger they have toys and stuff to play with,” Lewis said. “But when they’re older it’s more gift cards and clothes, so let’s go to the movies.”
She said she wasn’t surprised to see the theater packed Christmas afternoon.
“Everything else is closed for one thing,” Lewis said. “You’ve eaten, you’re full, you’ve had your nap, and you’re probably ready to get out with your family and do something fun.”
While most people came in larger groups, some were at the movies in pairs, like  Matthew Bertrand and Kyla Nault, who were catching a showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
 “We did a lot of family stuff in the morning,” Bertrand said.