It might seem like the GOP primary season has been stretching on since the day Barack Obama entered the White House — with the seemingly endless blather about socialism-inspired domestic initiatives and terrorist-sympathizing foreign policy, about how gay marriage will destroy the moral fabric of society, about how asking for heath care-provided contraceptives makes you a slut — it's only just beginning.
Because today is Super Tuesday — the biggest, baddest day on the GOP nominating calendar. Primaries and caucuses in 10 states (Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia) will be held today. 419 GOP convention delegates are up for grabs. Mitt Romney is vying to re-solidify his front-runner status. Rick Santorum is hoping voters will coalesce around a guy with a 1950s moral compass and a 21st-century hatred of government. And Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still hanging around because, well, what else have they got to do?
It's exhausting to try and keep track of all this stuff. It's depressing, too. Which is why on Super Tuesday, I'll be fleeing to my favorite escapist wonderland: the multiplex. In that spirit, let's take a look back at Super Tuesday as it applies to the box-office: the 10 highest-grossing Tuesdays in movie history (all figures come from Box Office Mojo).
10. "Night at the Museum": $13,506,030 (12/26/06)
Days after opening with a $30.4 million weekend, Ben Stiller's fantastical romp through the American Museum of Natural History continued to dominate on its way to becoming the comedian's second highest-grossing film of his career. Stiller's number-one slot belongs to "Meet the Fockers," proving that, much like in the voting booth, there's no accounting for taste at the movie theaters.