"Tim says that the worldwide haul is what counts. On that basis, X-Men: Days of Future Past had already earned more than $340 million at the time of shooting and was north of $360 million heading into the weekend. Most signs point to the film earning at least $700 million globally while generating renewed enthusiasm for the franchise.
Nathan says Fox needs to be developing new franchises — especially now that Star Wars is in Disney’s hands — and that foreign sales could be the key. Not just for this film but also ongoing. More than 61% of X-Men: Days of Future Past grosses have come outside the U.S. as of this writing. Not as impressive as The Wolverine’s 68% share, but also better than X-Men: First Class, which derived 58% of box office sales from overseas territories. So long as the whole world is getting in on the mutant movie revolution, Fox stock should see gains.”
"From an investor’s perspective, the hack places Microsoft in an unwinnable scenario. Support a hack that helps at least some intractable XP users — forfeiting revenue in the process — or deny it, and run the risk of an even worse exploit running rampant through a huge number of Internet-connected Windows computers.
Lose, or lose huge. Or, if you’re a Star Trek fan like me, you might call it Microsoft’s own personal Kobayashi Maru.
For now, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is standing firm. Computerworld quotes a spokesperson who says that customers who run the hacked updates run “a significant risk of functionality issues.” While that’s no doubt true, it also comes as a platitude wrapped in a sales pitch. What about customers in the developing world who find XP to be serviceable for most tasks? Would they really spend at least $200 for an upgrade? I’m not buying it, and neither are they.”
"Last week, Fox released the first trailer for Kingsman and it’s already drawing interest. More than 1.6 million have tuned in via YouTube, a decent number for a relatively unknown property. History says to expect more buzz soon enough; Vaughn’s specialty is turning unknowns into winners. Think of 2010’s Kick-Ass, which earned more than $97 million worldwide on a $28 million production budget. Why not make Vaughn a more permanent part of Fox’s comic book movie development team?"