Money

All of the nerds and parents of nerds (and even the non-nerds) out there have spent tons and tons of moolah on Star Wars stuff.  A portion of our incomes should be redubbed Star Wars money ’cause, well, that’s just how shit works.  There’s food, there’s booze, there’s caffeine, there’s nerdy shit and then we have the Star Wars stuff.  Pretty simple, really.

Check out this infographic outlining basically how much us bastards have spent on this franchise.

Apparently about $23 billion of the overall $33 billion that Star Wars has taken in came solely from the original releases.  The additional $10 billion came about after the 2005 release of Revenge of the Sith, $3 billion of which was due to merchandise sales following the revival (Darth Vader is the most popular).

Never mind that the first three had more time to make more money, the break down makes a lot of sense; according to David Tennant, “three of them were good”.  We all know which three he’s talking about.

Source: Wired

Disney has officially fucked itself over with John Carter.

The film has not done well at all at the box office; it brought in $30 million its first weekend and $13 million its second.  For such a high budget film, it’s definitely not bringing in enough funds to break even with all the production costs with a global box office total of $138 million.

According to the statement issued by the studio:

In light of the theatrical performance of John Carter ($184 million global box office), we expect the film to generate an operating loss of approximately $200 million during our second fiscal quarter ending March 31. As a result, our current expectation is that the Studio segment will have an operating loss of between $80 and $120 million for the second quarter. As we look forward to the second half of the year, we are excited about the upcoming releases of The Avengers and Brave, which we believe have tremendous potential to drive value for the Studio and the rest of the company.

Let’s break it down, here: it cost about $250 million to make and $100 to market… and apparently Disney needed at least $600 million to break even after everything.  Apparently they’re operating at a loss of $200 million.  What the hell.

In this equation, the clear answer is that Disney is fucked.

Source: blastr

We’ve been hearing a lot about the possibility of The Simpsons finally seeing its end due to a number of issues, the majority of them being financial and people bitching and whining about not being paid enough. Please.

It looks like the show will see its end soon enough:  if they all sign on to take a pay cut of 50% and agree to do a 24th season, then that will be the last – otherwise, the show is dead.  Just like Steve Jobs.  (Too soon?)

Even though The Simpsons generates a ridiculous amount of revenue and has reeled in over $3 billion over the course of its entire run on the air, it’s actually cost not much less than that to produce. Fox figures that stopping the production of the show would be most beneficial; it’d generate quite a bit of money just doing its thing (estimated at about $2 billion). In order to have one last season of our favorite never-aging family, the principal voice actors have to agree to a pay cut from approximately $9 million per season to $5 million per season. Huge deal, right? (I hope y’all can taste my sarcasm.)

I personally think that The Simpsons have been around for far too long and its quality hasn’t been consistent at all. But it is sad to see that Fox is ready to axe something that was the crux of its success as a network. Still, I’m sure we’ll continue to see episodes on the air all the time for years to come (like a few other shows that still happen to be around).

What’s even more sad is that nobody at work understands my Dr. Nick jokes. That is the worst part of all.

Source: Reuters

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Yesterday was the drawing for Idaho’s $355 million dollar ‘Mega Millions’ sweepstakes and several thousand people are now richer thanks to the confusing mind-fuck of a show that was ABC‘s Lost. While only two tickets were a match to all six numbers, several thousands of these ‘Lost’ fans won using a very familiar set piece of the Lost mythology. No, they didn’t rig the lottery using that big black smoke monster/John Locke hybrid to win, these people used a special set of numbers fan favorite Hurley used to win $114 million.

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes only experienced bad luck after using the numbers mental patient Leonard Simms kept repeating over and over – 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42- but that didn’t stop these rabid fans. Now, no reports have come in yet saying any winner’s family or themselves have experienced any bad luck as of yet they did each win $150. In order to have actually won $150 each person would have need to match 3 regularly drawn numbers plus the Mega ball. The winning numbers being 4, 8, 15, 25, 47, and the Mega Ball 42, this is a strange case of art (nearly) imitating life. This must have been strange for anyone watching these numbers roll down the slot, eerily similar to the dramatic series.

Even though Hurley ended up with nothing but misfortune these lucky fans have him to thank for borrowing his “cursed” numbers to make a bit of good fortune for themselves. Now they just have to stay off all flights going anywhere for the rest of their lives.

Via: YouBentMyWookie