1 – Disney Makes $52.4 Billion Deal for 21st Century Fox in Big Bet on Streaming
December 14, 2017 • In a move that will reverberate from Hollywood and Silicon Valley to TVs and smartphones around the world, the Walt Disney Company said Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, the empire controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion. Read More
2 – ‘The Last Jedi’ Now Opening To $218M+: How Disney Continues To Win With The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise
December 17, 2017 • Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a fantastic Saturday drawing an estimated $63.2M per industry figures tonight, which ranks as the fourth best ever after Jurassic World ($69.6M), The Avengers ($69.55M), and Star Wars: Force Awakens ($68.3M). Technically speaking, Last Jedi‘s business isn’t frontloaded: If you back out the $45M out of Friday’s $104.8M, Saturday’s ticket sales are actually up over Friday ($59.8M) by 6%. This puts the Rian Johnson-directed sequel with an opening of $218.8M, still the second best ever behind Force Awakens’ $247.966M. Read More
3 – Disney Reveals First Look Inside New Millennium Falcon Ride
December 16, 2017 • New details were announced about Disney World’s new Star Wars land Saturday evening at Hollywood Studios. Disney revealed during it’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights event what the inside of the Millennium Falcon will look like when it flies to Hollywood Studios! A picture from the event shows a detailed photo of one of the Falcon’s hallways. Once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens, one of the themed rides will have fans jumping into the cockpit and piloting the ship like Han Solo. The team at Disney is also working on building a fleet of full-sized X-Wing Fighters. Read More
4 – Iconic Disney Roller Coaster California Screamin’ will Close Next Month, then Reopen with a New Name and Theme
December 15, 2017 • There might still be screaming going on inside Disney California Adventure , but it won’t be coming from the iconic California Screamin’ roller coaster, which is being shut down for a makeover into a new attraction called “The Incredicoaster.” Its last day of operation will be Jan. 7, when it will close along with much of its surrounding Paradise Pier. This remake will keep the existing structure, but add new elements themed to the superhero family of characters from the popular Incredibles movie, which has a sequel coming out in summer 2018. Read More
5 – Could Apple Buy Disney Before Disney Buys Fox’s Assets
December 16, 2017 • There has been some chatter over the past few years that Apple should buy Disney to enter the media business to combat companies such as Netflix. With Disney announcing plans to acquire a large majority of Fox’s business it would be challenging to pull off but this analysis looks at what would be the bottom line impact of Apple buying Disney. Read More
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