In 2011, 1,286,007,721 tickets to movies were sold in theaters across the country, according to the-numbers.com U.S> Movie Market Summary.
As you can see, as Americans we spend a lot of time watching movies. But have you ever thought about the different types of situations that occur while we watch those movies?
You see the previews weeks in advance and you just know that you absolutely have to see that new chick flick that is coming out -- but who do you go see it with? Or we all know the cliche dinner-and-a-movie first date -- but what type of movie do you pick to see with this new date?
Of course there are chick flicks like "The Lucky One" which will inevitably lead to your date ahhing and oohing over the cheesy lines, drooling over the attractive actors, and potentially crying over the oh-so-predictable, yet tragic ending.
And then you have the films which the male population are more drawn to, action and adventure movies like "The Town." With these movies you are more than likely to avoid awkward make-out scenes but guys take the risk of their date having no interest whatsoever in what's going on or completely not understanding what is going on.
Yet, girls, you never know if you might like a movie you don't want to see.
"I always watch movies that guys pick because they won't watch girl movies, and sometimes it sucks and I think I'm going to hate the movie but they always end up having some interesting side to them," says Hannah Eaton, a junior at Ogden High School. "Like I've been to all of the 'Resident Evils' and I thought they would be dumb but they're actually pretty good."
However, Colby Jacobsen, a junior at Fremont High, says, "While selecting a movie for a date I usually try and be a gentlemen and let her decide the movie."
Ooo, the parentals!
Last year, 72,861,486 tickets were sold to 33 different romantic comedies such as "Crazy Stupid Love." Most likely a good majority of those ticket sales were to men although it was more than likely the women who wanted to see the movie in the first place.
On the other hand, there were 45 adventure movies in 2011 and another 45 action movies, totaling about 44.91 percent of all ticket sales.
So although there are some pros and cons to seeing either type of movie with the opposite sex, it ultimately boils down to just talking about the potential films. If you're dying to see a movie, your date should be open-minded about seeing it and if they aren't, then they probably aren't worth going on a date with in the first place.
Yet dates aren't the only people we watch movies with and theaters are not the only place we watch them. We have all been there before when it's family night and you see a film that you think everyone will like so you rent it. You get home and begin watching the movie and it seems like a good choice.
But soon there's a make-out scene and although it has been quiet since the movie began, the silence now seems increasingly awkward and evident. You pull out your cellphone and pretend as if you have received a text message, or maybe you ask how someone's day was -- whatever it is, you try anything to avoid what is going on on the screen.
"If there's an awkward scene in a movie, and I'm watching it with my parents or a date, we usually try to be mature about it, but sometimes you can't hold it in and someone ends up laughing," says Jacobsen.
Laugh it off?
To avoid awkward situations while watching movies with parents, there are a few things you could try. You could only choose G-rated movies, for example, but considering there were only 18 G-rated films released last year compared to 143 PG-13 movies, that may be difficult to do.
Another idea to absolutely avoid this is doing some research on what the movie is actually about before watching it as a family. Or you can just laugh it off and deal with the awkward situation.
Movies are a big part of our lives and, therefore, there are situations that are bound to come along that may be difficult or just plain silly to deal with. The best solution to this problem is to just to live your life and keep watching movies. If you're a guy and don't want to see a chick flick like "The Vow," give it a chance -- you may like it. If you're a girl who doesn't want to see an action movie like "Shooter," well, the same goes for you.
And if you find yourself in an awkward situation while watching a movie with your parents, best of luck to you.
Caitlynn Kindall is will be a senior this fall at Ogden High School. She enjoys softball, running, and can often be found clipping coupons. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5 SIGNS OF A GOOD DATE MOVIE
* When you see the preview and you're both saying "We should see that!"
* If the film has humor as well romance and action.
* Neither partner has to be dragged into the theater kicking and screaming.
* The movie is lighthearted and doesn't have a controversial political or religious message.
* The film isn't any of the "Twilight" movies.