More potent than movie reviews: box office reviews

I never thought I was the type to be affected by peer pressure. But Sunday night, I realized that I'm as susceptible as anyone else. I read an Associated Press story about how Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! was not only the most watched movie this weekend, it became 2008's most profitable weekend for the Hollywood box office. And suddenly I found myself thinking, "Gee, I guess I should take the kids."

No, make that, I actually felt guilty that I hadn't taken the kids. Like I had neglected an important responsibility. After all, if a gazillion other parents took their children to the film and brought in $45.1 million for the Hollywood box office, why didn't I? I take my daughters to virtually every children's movie out there. What happened? How did we go through this weekend without seeing it?