Giant monsters. Giant robots. Does it get much better? Not for fans of the old Godzilla films, which is why Pacific Rim may find a profitable niche audience when it hits theaters in July, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova.
Investors might enjoy the film's similarities with other summer successes. Studio producer Legendary Pictures is teaming with Time Warner (NYSE:TWX.DL) to distribute Pacific Rim. The two companies also partnered on Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Both The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises went on to earn more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, which, at the time, made Time Warner one of the best stocks to buy.
Pacific Rim isn't likely to match that watermark. Nor does it need to. Director Guillermo Del Toro has a history of creating profitable niche action horror films such as the comic book adaptation Hellboy. Translating the same sense of dread to a bigger epic is well within his capabilities, Tim says.
Meanwhile, just as Nolan inserted more than a few goodies for fans of the Batman comics, Del Toro appears to be paying homage to Pacific Rim's cultish predecessors when he refers to the film's giant robots as "Jaegers," possibly in reference to the oversized android "Jet Jaguar" from Godzilla vs. Megalon. Don't think appealing to the nerds matters? Tell that to the 5.7 million who've already watched the special trailer shown at Wondercon in March.
If there's a loser here, it's probably Sony (NYSE:SNE), which had a long history of profiting from U.S. distribution of Godzilla's destructive onscreen appearances. Internationally, Japan's Toho Company holds the licenses to most of that country's "kaiju" (i.e., monster) film franchises.
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