I feel like I'm back in the 1950s because ...
Fear of nuclear bombs is rampant again
Today, per the New York Times, Iran won't agree to send their uranium to Russia and we fear they are trying to develop a nuclear bomb.
In the 1950s, it was Russia's nuclear bombs we feared. So, the U.S. test exploded 188 of them between 1950-1959 versus 82 exploded by Russia (per this great Australian Government Geoscience website I uncovered doing research for the book Cause of Death).
The costs of the top box office movies are at record highs
Top 2 domestic box office movies 1950-1959: The Ten Commandments, 1956 cost $105 million (in consumer price index adjusted $'s) and Ben-Hur, 1959 cost $118 million
Top 2 domestic box office movies 2000-2009: The Dark Knight (Batman), 2008 cost $252.9 million and Shrek 2, 2004 cost $171 million (in consumer price index adjusted $'s).
3-D films are out in force
The Top 5 1950s 3-D films (in terms of highest domestic box office) are House of Wax, 1953; Hondo, 1953; Money From Home, 1953; Miss Sadie Thompson, 1953 and Bwana Devil, 1952
The Top 5 2000s 3-D films (per boxofficemojo.com) are Up, 2009; Monsters vs Aliens, 2009; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosarus, 2009; G-Force, 2009 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 2009
And horror is alive and well
The top 1950s horror movies were in 3D: House of Wax, 1953 (cost $925,000 - now $7.5 million); It Came From Outer Space, 1953 and Creature From the Black Lagoon, 1954 (costs unknown).
Today's supernatural horror movie Paranormal Activity reportedly cost only $15,000 and is up to #12 on the list of 2000s supernatural horror films (per boxofficemojo.com).