MoviePass going dark on a busy July 4 — and perhaps longer

MoviePass Inc. is taking time off on one of the busiest box-office weekends of the year.

The subscription-movie service, which is owned by Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. HMNY, -5.77% , announced Wednesday evening that its service would be temporarily interrupted starting at 5 a.m. Eastern on July 4 in order to work on an “improved version” of its mobile app.

The company did not say how long it expects its app to be shut down, but a statement announcing the interruption suggested multiple days.

Fourth of July weekend is traditionally one of the more bankable periods for movie-ticket sales.

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