Fox Stock Is a Better Buy Today Because of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Three Fools discuss the profit potential of the newest “X-Men” movie, and how Fox stock investors can expect to benefit.

Jun 1, 2014 at 8:01AM

Despite the hype, Twenty-First Century Fox's (NASDAQ:FOXA) X-Men: Days of Future Past opened lower in the U.S. than any of the three blockbusters that preceded it. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Godzilla all earned more than $90.8 million during their first three days in domestic theaters. Can this movie still move Fox stock?

Host Ellen Bowman puts this question to Fool analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers in this episode of 1-Up On Wall Street, The Motley Fool's web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.

Tim says that the worldwide haul is what counts. On that basis, X-Men: Days of Future Past had already earned more than $340 million at the time of shooting and was north of $360 million heading into the weekend. Most signs point to the film earning at least $700 million globally while generating renewed enthusiasm for the franchise.

Xmen Days Of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past is already halfway to $700 million, and on track for a new franchise record. Credit: Twenty-First Century Fox.

Nathan says Fox needs to be developing new franchises -- especially now that Star Wars is in Disney's hands -- and that foreign sales could be the key. Not just for this film but also ongoing. More than 61% of X-Men: Days of Future Past grosses have come outside the U.S. as of this writing. Not as impressive as The Wolverine's 68% share, but also better than X-Men: First Class, which derived 58% of box office sales from overseas territories. So long as the whole world is getting in on the mutant movie revolution, Fox stock should see gains.

Now it's your turn. Click the video to watch as Ellen puts Nathan and Tim on the spot, and then leave a comment to let us know your take on X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fox stock. You can also follow us on Twitter for more segments, updates on Tim and Nathan's bet, and regular geek news alerts!

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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