Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Sony Corporation (ADR) (SNE), Time Warner Inc (TWX): Will Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) Profit From “Riddick”?

For Vin Diesel’s Riddick, which comes to box offices next weekend, monsters and mercs aren’t a problem. But a boy band? That’s a different story entirely.

Vin Diesel returns in the title role in Riddick. Source: Universal Pictures.

According to Google‘s Trends data, Riddick is about neck and neck with the forthcoming biopic One Direction: This Is Us from Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)‘s TriStar Pictures:


Source: Google.

Yet even that may be good news for Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)‘s Universal Pictures, which lost big on the last film in the Riddick series: 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. That film earned just $115.7 million worldwide on a $105 million production budget.

Hollywood economics says a film needs to generate double its production budget in box office ticket sales in order to be profitable. Universal budgeted just $60 million for Riddick, increasing the odds of Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) earning back its investment this time around.

We’ve seen it happen before. Pitch Black, the first film in the series, earned $53 million on a $23 million budget, Box Office Mojo reports. Low-budget horror films — Riddick is sci-fi horror — tend to produce huge profits for studios such as Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE:LGF), which will distribute Riddick overseas. More than 41,000 surveyed at Rotten Tomatoes say they want to see the film.

Meanwhile, Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)’s profit picture is looking sharper thanks to Universal’s surprising portfolio of 2013 theatrical winners. Box Office Mojo says the studio ranks second behind Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) in U.S. grosses so far this year. Investors can thank Despicable Me 2 and another Diesel film, Fast & Furious 6.

Adding Riddick to the blockbuster list seems unlikely. But with a meager budget, a big-name actor in the title role, and plenty of positive buzz, it won’t need to do much to spice up Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)’s profit party.

The article Will Comcast Profit From “Riddick”? originally appeared on and is written by Tim Beyers.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Google, Netflix, and Time Warner at the time of publication. He was also long January 2014 $50 Netflix call options. Check out Tim’s web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Google and Netflix.

Copyright © 1995 – 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Biotech Stock Alert - 20% Guaranteed Return in One Year

Hedge Funds and Insiders Are Piling Into

One of 2015's best hedge funds and two insiders snapped up shares of this medical device stock recently. We believe its transformative and disruptive device will storm the $3+ billion market and help it achieve 500%-1000% gains in 3 years.

Get your FREE REPORT and the details of our 20% return guarantee today.

Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.
Loading Comments...

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 102% in 3 years!! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!