We are a movie family, we watch trailer and review shows (Film State is highly recommended). Movie watching is taken very seriously, dimmer lights in the family room, popcorn every time; we go all out. We LOVE to take the kids to the movie theater for the big summer blockbusters.
This past weekend Super 8 opened up. Produced by Steven Spielberg, written and directed by J.J. Abrams, this movie was billed as being the Goonies of a new generation. While it was no Goonies, it still didn’t disappoint, as funny as it was scary and the kids loved it.
The issue is, looking at all the posters and watching the previews we realized just how many movies have just come out or are set to be released this summer that we really want to see: The Green Lantern, The new X-men, Harry Potter, Transformers (it’s supposed to be better) and Captain America. These are just the ones we want to take the kids to. Then there is Bad Teacher, Hangover II, Horrible Bosses, and Larry Crowne that we’d like to see without the kids. And these are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
To take all the kids to Super8 the total came to $88.00, not including dinner. $52.00 for tickets and $36.00 for popcorn and soda at the movie. This is insane! According to my calculations, if we see all of these movies in the theater we will spend close to $700.00 in less than two months on movies alone. Now we aren’t going to do that, some are going to have to wait until they come out on DVD, but as I was adding this up in my head, I began to think it’s no wonder it’s getting harder and harder to pack a theater, it’s getting harder and harder on my wallet to pay a 900% markup on popcorn!
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