Friday, July 22, 2011

How did Potter movie set "box office" record in this economy?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harry Potter finished his Hogwarts school days with box-office highs around the world. The question is whether the young wizard can continue to work his charms on audiences now that so many fans already have seen his big-screen finale.

When a film opens to colossal numbers such as the record $169.2 million weekend domestically for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," it usually has nowhere to go but down — and sharply — in its second weekend.

My point is that the Potter movie supposedly set a record for the "opening box office." With the economy tanking to the point where the bankers' lackeys ("our governments") are cutting basic services such as police and fire protection in order to funnel our taxes into the Royal Casino (as just happened again in Europe), discretionary spending has got to be way down, and movie theaters and big box stores are probably some of the few remaining venues for drug money laundering.