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Zombie Industry Is Worth Billions: Are You Buying?

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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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  • ant0n1us 2011/11/01 14:53:38
    No
    ant0n1us
    +13
    There are too many walking dead in the Republican Party as it is. Michele Bachmann, John Boehner, Herman Cain. republican zombies

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  • Think Free 2012/01/08 03:13:48
    No
    Think Free
    Zombies, and while we're at it, Vampires. You can only remake the same played out story over and over so many times. Look at the poor dog in the pic.... hes probably thinking WHAT THE F&#@ IS GOING ON!
  • Magnus ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮ 2011/12/14 10:29:46
    No
    Magnus ☮ RP ☮ 2012 ☮
    But I hear that the White House, Capital Hill and Wall Street are full of them.
  • nick 2011/11/08 23:02:30
    Yes
    nick
    +1
    I play Nazi Zombies, and saw Zombieland. EPIC WIN
  • Andrew 2011/11/07 22:43:39
    No
    Andrew
    no
  • rik4100 2011/11/07 16:36:41
    Yes
    rik4100
    zombies may be fictional but it doesnt seem to be impossible because we can be able to create a virus but it need more diseases/symptoms for a real modern zombie: rabies, hyperactivity, agression, the virus must control the host's brain in some kind of predator behavior, muscle enhancements, etc... if u combine this it can mean a possible zombie disease but i dont say it will be real
  • Gary Parsons 2011/11/07 04:48:21
    Yes
    Gary Parsons
    B R A I N S ! ! ! !
  • Angie ♥♡Obama♡♥ 2011/11/06 16:11:39
    Yes
    Angie ♥♡Obama♡♥
    +1
    love zombies! walking dead is my show!
  • Wicked Emerald 2011/11/06 13:28:09
    No
    Wicked Emerald
    Its absurd and ultimately, a waste of time, of money and I'm sure, by watching these people...it kills brain cells.
  • Dave 007 2011/11/05 11:58:36
    No
    Dave 007
    I have nothing against it, but it's got nothing from me. Just a fad.
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2011/11/05 03:52:53
    No
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
    HECK NO!
  • Frankie 2011/11/04 15:13:05
    Yes
    Frankie
    I love zombie movies.
  • the spoiler 2011/11/04 07:52:14
    No
    the spoiler
    Is it just me? Look at how corny they look
  • James 2011/11/04 07:21:24
    No
    James
    +2
    Actually, I'm selling. The more people want to buy this stuff, the more I like to sell. Zombie movies, no matter how good/bad they are, make money. Fools will spend money on ANYTHING, even if they don't have the money to spend.
  • zooted 2011/11/04 04:37:02
  • Farnsworth 2011/11/04 04:28:26
    No
    Farnsworth
    Billions? No. Millions, yes.

    The Walking Dead rocks, comic book and show
  • Welshtaff 2011/11/04 02:02:39
    No
    Welshtaff
    +1
    Bunch of waco's
  • Sadisticon 2011/11/04 00:27:33
    Yes
    Sadisticon
    Oh hell yes! I am having a zombie apotheosis right now: Plants vs Zombies on my iPad; The Walking Dead on my Netflix and a mindless, soul-crushing job that I commute over an hour to get to every day. If only werewolves were this popular - I really LOVE those beasts!!!
  • Arya 2011/11/03 22:53:31
    No
    Arya
    +3
    Ummm...no thanks. It's bad enough that we have to deal with real zombies in the White House.

    zombies in the white house
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/04 04:31:16
    Farnsworth
    +2
    LOL.

    turn

    Seconds before she "turned"

    white

    I'z be taking a slice of white meat
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/04 12:01:55
    Arya
    +2
    OMG, ROFLMAO!!!

    ugly michelle obama
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/04 22:47:47
    Farnsworth
    +2
    whole lot of UUUUUUUUUUUUUgly
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/05 01:34:03
    Arya
    +2
    Sure is!
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/05 01:52:11
    Farnsworth
    +1
    how are you beautiful? Have a fun weekend ahead?
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/05 16:15:10
    Arya
    +1
    I've been pretty busy the last week or so (not a fun weekend, lol). How about you Farnsworth? How are you and how has your weekend been so far?
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/05 16:19:56
    Farnsworth
    +1
    Going to see a big 12 football game today with my wife, kids and son in law. pretty much it. Couch potato Sunday and thats about it.
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/05 16:33:55
    Arya
    +1
    I envy you! I'd love to watch the WVU, Louisville game, but no time):
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/05 17:05:23
    Farnsworth
    +1
    it's my first big college game. Been to several Stephen F Austin games when my football loving daughter went there.

    Axe'em Jacks
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/06 00:22:13
    Arya
    +1
    Well I hope that you all had a great time and that your team won! :)
  • Farnsworth Arya 2011/11/06 04:12:16
    Farnsworth
    +1
    I did and yes they did, lots of offense and hardly any defense
  • Arya Farnsworth 2011/11/06 15:15:03
    Arya
    +1
    Mine lost, but I'm glad that your team won and that you had a good family night:)
  • joyce420 2011/11/03 22:04:59
    No
    joyce420
    +2
    My daughter and son-in-law went to a zombie walk at Moundsville Prison in W.Va. They did such a great job with their make-up that officials asked them to come back on the weekends and be part of the event. The walk is also on you tube. Makes a mother proud.
  • Arya joyce420 2011/11/03 22:54:52
    Arya
    +1
    VERY cool!
  • Dany 2011/11/03 20:55:10
    No
    Dany
    +1
    I'm not really a big fan of zombies myself. The Resident Evil games and movies, however, I do love. Left 4 Dead and Dead Island are good games also, but I'm not obsessed by them, like some people are. :A
  • Jim 2011/11/03 19:07:38
    No
    Jim
    +3
    Zombie movie's are lame. The Best Zombie movies are in Washington.
  • Princes... Jim 2011/11/04 03:03:56
    Princess Milissa
    funny!:)
  • Jim Princes... 2011/11/10 00:22:21
    Jim
    Thanks you .
  • todd 2011/11/03 18:54:03
    No
    todd
    +2
    No. But, the money sounds nice.
  • billanator 2011/11/03 14:37:00
    No
    billanator
    +2
    No, don't care to have anymore brainless gluttons. Already have enough running around and even more running this country, both in Congress and in the Oval Office.
  • Sci 2011/11/03 14:00:12
    No
    Sci
    +1
    NO but I understand why; anything to get away from the reality of the Obama administration will do
  • DougE 2011/11/03 13:37:41
    No
    DougE
    But I love Zombies!
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