NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Walt Disney Studios (DIS) took out the top spot at the box office over the weekend with its summer blockbuster Maleficent pulling in $70 million domestically in its debut. According to BoxOffice.com, the film surpassed estimates for a $68.5 million open.
The film, starring Angelina Jolie, beat out X-Men: Days of Future Past which, in its second week in theaters, pulled in $32.6 million in North American markets.
Seth MacFarlane's A Million Way to Die in the West came in third with ticket sales of $17.1 million.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 30.12% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 26.81% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, DIS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- DISNEY (WALT) CO has improved earnings per share by 30.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DISNEY (WALT) CO increased its bottom line by earning $3.38 versus $3.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.18 versus $3.38).
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Media industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 26.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,513.00 million to $1,917.00 million.
- Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISNEY (WALT) CO's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: DIS Ratings Report
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