Movie-theater operator Carmike Cinemas
Carmike's surprise rests on 3-D technology, mostly courtesy of James Cameron's Avatar. Thanks to the higher ticket prices of Avatar's 3-D showings, Carmike walked away with 7% higher average ticket prices than in the year-ago period, utterly crushing analyst estimates.
This weekend, Walt Disney
But Carmike's results hammer home the point I'm trying to make: Thanks to 3-D movies and widespread IMAX installations, movie theaters are no longer just places where we spend our hard-earned dollars. They're now opportunities for us to make money, too. I expect sterling results when IMAX reports earnings Thursday morning, and likewise when Marcus
Some of these stocks have already enjoyed the 3-D trend to some degree, as Carmike did today, but only IMAX and Cinemark Holdings
Home theaters will follow suit in due time, as the likes of Samsung and Sony
Which theater stock would you buy today? Maybe you prefer film studios such as Disney and Sony? Break out the popcorn and start your movie talk in the comments section below. Please turn off your cell phones.
Fool contributor Anders Bylund owns shares in Disney, but he holds no other position in any of the companies discussed here. Walt Disney is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection and a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. IMAX is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletters today, free for 30 days. You can check out Anders' holdings and a concise bio if you like, and The Motley Fool is investors writing for investors.