"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?"
Show of hands: Does your local #comics shop have an operating comiXology storefront? Have you seen any changes recently?
Asking for two reasons. First, I wonder if my local shop is the exception (it’s gone dark since the Amazon deal). And second, I’ve been writing about comiXology and Amazon since the deal was announced and it seems like there’s more going on here than has been reported.
Seems to me that, increasingly, it’s Amazon and Google — rather than Amazon and Apple, or Apple and Google — that are on a collision course. Surely that’s bound to be good for customers. Investors might not be as fortunate. (Margin-crushing price cuts aren’t usually good for profits.)
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Starting Monday, select neighborhoods in L.A. will have access to same-day delivery. Initially, Google Shopping Express is free (though Google may eventually charge $4.99), while Amazon Local Express charges $9.98, plus 99 cents for each additional item, hand-delivered to your door less than 24 hours after ordering.
On one hand, the trend to get-it-now might be more sizzle than steak, some analysts say. Just how many consumers really need to get that barbecue or bathing suit today instead of tomorrow – or even the next day after that?
"In a blog post earlier this month, WhatsApp said that it had reached a half-billion active users sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos each day. That’s up from 450 million at the time of the Facebook deal.
Tim says WhatsApp’s growth shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Facebook serves more than 1 billion active mobile users each month. Surely, some of them are now using WhatsApp regularly and vice versa. Will that lead to higher Facebook revenues over time? We can’t be sure.”