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Aronson noted that the shift in release date from Nov. 25 to early October gave the film a more open path at the box office, where it could play well through the month.

What's the meaning of "give a more open path"? I guess it means that the movie can be screened for a longer period?

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"a more open path" is probably meant figuratively in this case. Imagine a path through the woods. This path can be overgrown by weeds and scrubs, partially blocked by branches that haven fallen from the trees, treacherous to walk, slowing you down. Or the path can be cleared from all obstacles, which allows you to walk faster and more easily to your destination. A path that's free from obstacles is called an open path.

According to Chris Aronson, the movie had it easier on the figurative "path to success" at the new release date, because the path was more open, with less obstacles at that new date than it would have been at the original release date.

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  • Very likely the competition in other new releases was less stiff.
    – Mary
    Jan 6, 2022 at 3:57

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