) -- So, you want to be a mogul?
With the summer movie season soon to arrive, looking at blockbuster receipts may reinforce the idea Hollywood offers fast, easy money and plenty of glamour.
|It is a high-risk investment, but the entertainment world is looking for your money.
It is not that easy, especially for the average investor, but those dreaming of dropping celebrity names poolside like a modern-day Robert Evans do have ways to get in on the action.
You may already be investing in the entertainment industry without realizing it, or paying much attention to those holdings. Tucked inside your pension fund or 401(k) may be any number of companies that produce movies:
(DIS - Get Report)
(DWA - Get Report)
Lions Gate Entertainment
(LGF - Get Report)
is among your investments, either directly held or under the hood of a fund, you are undoubtedly awaiting the release of
The Hunger Games
, a potentially lucrative franchise hyped as the next
Other investments that can get you at least an indirect exposure to Tinseltown are
and cinema chains
Regal Entertainment Group
Commonly held companies with movie related interests include
(which is steadily growing its Vudu streaming service),
For a basket of silver screen plays, several ETFs have a media focus, including the
Powershares Dynamic Media Portfolio
PowerShares Dynamic Leisure And Entertainment
A more direct, targeted way to make money in the world of cinema is to invest directly in a production. For most, this path leads to the world of independent film.
When everything works out just right, "indies" can be very lucrative.
10 Rags-to-Riches Hollywood Characters
, a U.K. based consortium of film investors, used box office receipt data from
to tally the most profitable films of all time based on return on investment.
Topping the list was the 2009 "found footage" horror movie
. It had a $15,000 budget and a worldwide gross of $196.7 million. Based on cinema ticket sales only (DVDs, TV licensing and video on demand are above and beyond the total) it yielded a 655,505% return.