By some estimates, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 could earn upward of $325 million in domestic box-office receipts in the next month or so. Other holiday-timed film releases might break $100 million. And though we're coming out of a fall season during which ticket sales slid a bit from 2009, November already has seen a strong showing for family flicks like Megamind, which had grossed around $90 million domestically as of Nov. 15.
We could count numbers all day, but the point is that even in this completely craptacular national economy, most of us will find a way to visit the movies at least once this season. Hopefully within this package, you'll find your reason to go.
And remember, it's not just escape — it's economic encouragement. See a film, save a job.