As we roll through this summer of blockbusters, let's check out a couple of big hitters:
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon did some box office damage. It was released on June 29, 2011 and, according to Box Office Mojo, has grossed over $300,000,000 domestically. Yes, a lot of zeros. With a production budget of $195,000,000, movie goers were treated to a third installment of Earth-saving alien protection from Optimus Prime and his crew of giant robot machines who transform into patriotic diesel trucks, power cars and other forms of transportation so they can occassionally fit in (I love you O-Prime and Bumble Bee!)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 steamed in working the Potter gravy train for all its worth. It was released on July 15, 2011 and, according to Box Office Mojo, has grossed over $200,000,000 domestically. Millions of loyal, die-hard Potter fans gave a collective around-the-world sigh when this movie was released. For years, Harry, Hermoine, Ron and the characters of the Potter books have provided some form of written or cinematic entertainment. Though the thrill will never be gone, J K Rowling brought this storyline to a proper closure. No more wondering about what obstacles the half-blood wizard would have to face his next year at Hogwarts. A tip of the hat to all you mates.
Now, July 22, 2011, it is Captain America's turn to wow or disappoint jittery comic book lovers and enthusiastic movie buffs. Midnight showings usually happen on the Wednesday before the Friday nationwide release. Was there one in your area? If so, did you attend? Do you plan to see Captain America? Please feel free to share and make use of the First Amendment right this patriotic comic book hero fought hard to protect.