Everybody Wants to Save the World


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Being some of the first fans to see Avengers: Age of Ultron was apparently more important to our family than food. Our dinner Friday night consisted of popcorn, Twizzlers, and Skittles, as we did our part to contribute to the second-biggest box office opening in movie history. And my middle step kid attended TWO different showings of the latest Marvel comics flick.

That’s movie magic! Getting families to put blockbuster films ahead of nutrition.

And there’s another example of the power of cinema today. It’s May 4th, a day for Star Wars fans to say “May the Fourth be with you,” as they count the days until the next Star Wars movie is released on December 18th. (It’s 228 days, in case you’re wondering, and it’s called Episode VII or The Force Awakens for those scoring at home. And if you’re scoring at home, let’s face it, you’re probably not a Star Wars fan.)

There are also 186 days until the next James Bond installment, Spectre, due out November 6th. Daniel Craig saves us from evil forces.

There are 58 days until the July 1st opening of Terminator Genisys. Arnold Schwarzenegger saves us from another Terminator assassin.

And just 39 days until Jurassic World premieres June 12th. Chris Pratt saves us from early extinction.

Doing the math here, whether it’s cyborgs, T-Rexes, computerized super villains, Imperial Stormtroopers, or nuclear annihilation, it looks we’ll need to be saved on average about once every 45 days for the rest of this year.

You know what that means: plan your family budgets accordingly. About one quarter of your 2015 disposable income is going to the movies.

I may decide to help save our family bank account this year and choose just one more of these flicks for myself to attend. If I had to pick one, based on the stunning trailer, it would have to be the Jurassic sequel.

How about you? Is your must-see 2015 blockbuster one of the five films mentioned here? Or is your pick a save-the-world-type thriller that I’m missing?

Dave Coombs is a longtime morning radio host and moviegoer.

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