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This will make sense to you if you play Team Fortress 2:
Ok! It’s been about 2 years since my last HSX update. Since then, I’ve shifted my focus from the micromanagement of many StarBonds to the a few post-adjusting MovieStocks. In general, movies will never fully make it to their multiplier (usually 2.8) in 4 weeks, so it’s almost always around an automatic H$1million profit if you short 50k shares (see HULK2 and HANCK). You don’t even have to pay the selling commission if you hold out until the final delist. The most exciting part of the summer is that we get lots of highly hyped and marketed action (i.e. FRONT LOADED!) movies. So the initial adjust is way way higher than what it will eventually make. So…profit! The key to this strategy is to only go for the big movies that make a lot but have low review scores. Low scores mean short legs and a 50%+ drop week-to-week.
In my personal portfolio, for those curious, my top profiting MovieStocks are: TFRM2, HPOT7, IRNM2, UP, and CAPAM. These total around H$25 million net gain! And here’s my 90-day portfolio movement (heavy changes recently because of BATM2 not exactly going my way…):
I am currently ranked 6532 and in the top 99.14 percentile with a total portolio value of H$260 million!
I recently saw The Departed on Saturday, October 28 using one of my free movie tickets. Since I don’t see movies in theaters all that often, I will try to post my reviews of the movies that I do see. First up is The Departed, a gritty good vs. bad flick starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg. The movie is based on the highly acclaimed Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs, which starred Tony Leung and Andy Lau. I will mention up front that I had already seen Infernal Affairs (but not IA2 or IA3). Although I am not one of the many IA freaks out there, I do believe that it soured my reception of The Departed. Could it be because there was a distinct lack of Asians in the film (I’ll admit that there were a few, but they looked like idiots)? Maybe…probably. On to the review!
Lies. Betrayal. Sacrifice. How far will you take it?
The next review I will be posting will be on The Prestige, which I just saw on Sunday, October 29. To my regular readers, look forward to that! For those of you who have seen both The Departed and Infernal Affairs…what did you think?
My three movie tickets have finally arrived. Time to see Pirates of the Caribbean and other high budget action summer flicks.
According to estimates from Box Office Mojo, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (the sequel to 2003′s $305.4 million blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) has broken the opening day and highest-grossing day box office records of 2005′s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ($50 million), earning an estimated $55.5 million on its first Friday. Weekend estimates as of mid-Sunday are around $132 million. The way things are going for it, it’s almost guaranteed to break Spider-Man‘s three-day opening weekend record of $114.84 million from 2002. #
I will probably be seeing the movie the weekend after I get my Blingo movie ticket from June 18 in the mail.
Update: Weekend total has been adjusted to a whopping $135.6 Million. (!)
If you’re looking forward to seeing any of these in theaters, try not to spoil yourself on these. Theatrical trailers often give away key plot points (see Spider-Man 2′s trailer).
Hollywood Stock Exchange has been quite fun the last few weeks. Take a look at my progress since January:
I believe most of it was the result of maxing shares in OCEN3 (Ocean’s Thirteen), RUSH3 (Rush Hour 3), and WARNE (Will Arnett). While OCEN3 had news of confirmed sign-ons for the sequel, WARNE was simply involved with ICEA2 (Ice Age 2), which just made $70.5 million on its opening weekend (a March box office record!).
I’m closing in on the 97th percentile with H$42,270,144.32 in my portfolio.