Vulture’s 2009 Pre-Depression Summer-Movie Preview

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At this point, can anything save us from a total economic apocalypse? If so, it probably won't be Hollywood! Bolstered by superhero sequels Spider-Man 3 and The Dark Knight, plus jacked-up ticket prices, the past two summers have set all-time box-office records — but this year's schedule features fewer sure bets and fewer movies overall, meaning 2009's May-to-August season will likely be the first down one since 2005. So just how badly will 2008 cream 2009? Vulture gazed into its crystal ball, comparing this summer's movies with the ones that topped the box office in last year's eighteen biggest warm-weather weekends. How much money will they make? And how will they fare as we slide ever further into the second Great Depression? We speculate!