Behavioral economists explore human errors. They focus on how people depart from perfect rationality. Many of the best movies do the same thing. They investigate how our all-too-human foibles create trouble, wealth, violence, heroism, love and war. It is past time, then, to award the Behavioral Economics Oscars, otherwise known as the Becons.
“Argo,” the story of a stealth mission to rescue a group of U.S. hostages from Iran in 1980, was voted best film at the British Academy Film Awards, or Baftas, last night. Its director Ben Affleck also won.
“Warm Bodies,” a romantic comedy pairing a zombie and a human, opened as the top movie in U.S. and Canadian theaters, with $20.4 million in ticket sales for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. over the Super Bowl weekend.
“Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D,” a re-imagining of the Grimms’ fairy tale, opened as the top weekend film in U.S. and Canadian theaters, collecting $19.7 million in receipts for Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures.