BOSTON (MainStreet) -- 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: Disney (DIS), Sony (SNE), Time Warner (TWC), Dreamworks Animation (DWA), Viacom (VIA) and News Corp. (NWS) among them.If Lions Gate Entertainment (LGF) 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 Harry Potter or Twilight. Other investments that can get you at least an indirect exposure to Tinseltown are IMAX (IMAX) and cinema chains Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) and Regal Entertainment Group (RGC). Commonly held companies with movie related interests include Apple (AAPL), Comcast (CMCSA), Amazon (AMZN), Wal-Mart (WMT) (which is steadily growing its Vudu streaming service), Netflix (NFLX), DISH Network (DISH), DirectTV (DTV) and Google (GOOG). For a basket of silver screen plays, several ETFs have a media focus, including the Powershares Dynamic Media Portfolio (PBS) and PowerShares Dynamic Leisure And Entertainment (PEJ). 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 Templeheart Films, a U.K. based consortium of film investors, used box office receipt data from The Numbers to tally the most profitable films of all time based on return on investment. Topping the list was the 2009 "found footage" horror movie Paranormal Activity. 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.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
24/7 market commentary from Jim Cramer and 20+ veteran Wall Street gurus. Get access to the latest trading ideas on stocks, options, and ETFs as well as a real-time forum to see the pros exchanging their investment ideas.
- Jim Cramer + 20 Wall Street pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Real-time trading forum
- Actionable trade ideas
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass + 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV