Jul 132015
 

Minions are cute yellow critters created by the brilliant minds who work at Universal Studios, and they are taking the world by storm. The Minions movie opened last month in Indonesia and then subsequently released in Australia, UK, and other countries. This past weekend was the North American début. Across Canada and the U.S., Minions opened in 4,302 threatres. On average each location sold $26,800 of tickets means the movie made an estimated $115 million domestically. 🙂 That makes it the 2nd biggest opening for an animated film ever! only behind Shrek the Third. But all the Shrek movies are ogre rated if you ask me. 😆

The Minions Are Everywhere

Minions are taking over the world, drawing in consumers globally, and making large profits for its shareholders. Universal is owned by the publicly traded company, Comcast (CMCSA.) It only cost Universal $74 million to make Minions, according to Wikipedia, but the film has already made over $395 million at the box office world wide. Golly. What a terrific return on investment! 😉 It’s rare for the 3rd movie in a franchise to perform this well. The chances of that are probably one in a minion. 😆

Another way to have those Minions work for us is to buy Minion toys from McDonald’s. This investment method requires only $2 to get started so anyone can do it. The popular fast food company has teamed up with Universal to deliver little Minion toys that can talk. They come with every Happy Meal or can be purchased separately. If we manage to collect all 12 different Minions from McDonald’s then decades from now we could sell these toys for potentially hundreds of dollars. Ka-ching, baby. 😉

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Universal’s other summer blockbuster this year, Jurassic World, raked in $1.47 billion at the box office so far and is the 5th highest grossing film of all time, right behind Furious 7, which also happens to be a Universal film, lol. I suppose that’s why Comcast shares are up 9% over the past month. 🙂 What a great start to the summer.

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Aug 102013
 

I didn’t get the new job (-_-;)

About 4 months ago I blogged about going for an interview at one of my favorite restaurants in the world. I was already making passive income from their stock dividends, but I decided it would be fun to make some active income as well by working there part time! Unfortunately I still haven’t heard back from their recruiter yet so I think it’s safe to assume they do not want me. Maybe I’m just not qualified to work at McDonald’s 🙄 Oh well. Perhaps the sluggish economy is partly to blame.

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July Employment Numbers

Speaking of the economy, south of the border the US gained 162,000 net new jobs last month. Employment rose in retail trade, services, and financial activities. They need to create about 250,000 new jobs every month to sustain a normal recovery. So the US dropped the ball a little bit in July, but it’s still an enormous success when compared to Canada’s poor performance. We lost about 39,400 net jobs last month 🙁 Most positions lost were in the public sector like teachers, social service workers, and other government employees. Below is a broken down look at Canada’s job numbers.13_08_july_jobs

Making Money at the Movies

This actually happened a couple months ago but Cineplex has increased their dividends 😀 This has been one of my favorite stocks 🙂 A couple years ago I blogged about how I invested $2,000 in CGX:TSE which owns movie theaters in Canada. I predicted that theaters would be in a great position to take advantage of all the upcoming movie brands and releases without the risk of investing in individual Hollywood studios directly.  CGX dividends rose from 11.25 cents/share every month, to 12 cents 😀

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