Zombie Industry Is Worth Billions: Are You Buying?
News 2011/10/31 21:00:00
New York is trying to increase state revenue by legalizing forms of gambling, and California is establishing an immense medical marijuana industry. Both plans, if they work out the way they're supposed to, should bring their respective states billions of dollars in revenue. But there's one American industry raking in revenue without twisting the law: the zombie industry.
24/7 Wall St. recently wrote up a financial analysis of various zombie-related industries in America, from movies to costumes to comics to video games, and determined the comprehensive value of all zombie industries over the last 10 years is almost $6 billion. That's $2.5 billion in movies (e.g. "Resident Evil," "Zombieland"), $2.5 billion in video games ("Resident Evil," "Left 4 Dead"), $500 million in costumes, $100 million in books ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "World War Z"), and another $50 million in comic books and TV shows ("The Walking Dead," "Death Valley").
That should come as no surprise in light of the results to our recent Halloween costume poll, which found zombie costumes are indeed the most popular costumes this year. The zombies are still miles behind tech industries like Apple and Microsoft, but keep in mind, many of them are limited in speed.
Plus, for the first time ever, Steve Jobs is qualified to join the ranks of the undead. Once they start cranking out zPods and iBrains the real invasion will begin.
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