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Posted: Aug. 23, 2003 2:19 am/pm Quote

Kelly,

I honestly don't know, but you could probably ask any stockbroker or whoever manages your 401K or if you own Disney stock they could find that out for you.  Sometimes as the price of stock gets very high a corporation will have the stock split, into two-for-one, three-for-one, etc.  So it's hard to say what the highest price is or ever has been, given that Disney stock has split numerous times.

One thing you can play around with for free on the Internet:  Go to CBS Marketwatch (www.cbsmarketwatch.com), and on the front page of that site, on the left it will ask you to enter in a stock ticker symbol in the blank.  Enter in 'DIS' and hit "go" or "enter" or "news".  It will take you to a page that has a chart of the price of Disney stock over time, among other statistics (and if you scroll down you see news and press releases for Disney).  On the stock chart you can click on any time period it shows, and the site takes you to a more full view of the stock chart.  Keep hitting time periods including "all time" or essentially the charting of Disney stock prices since time for that stock began.  The charts will show time periods when Disney stock either hit peaks or valleys.  The chart underneath that stock chart shows share volume, or how many shares were trading in relation to the price over time.  

Play around with the information on CBS Marketwatch and see what you can come up with.  Kinda interesting to follow the numbers trail.

Michael Eisner and Frank Wells were made CEO and I think COO (I forget) of Disney in 1984, around September of 1984 if my memory of the book "Storming the Magic Kingdom" is accurate.  Before that date there was a hostile takeover attempt by those who wanted to parcel off the theme parks, studio and film library, and Disney's film division was only then catching on to changing to meet more contemporary tastes.  Before that and after Walt and then Roy Disney died the Company was mired in so-so "What Would Walt Have Done" type projects and movies.  In '84 Eisner, Wells and Jeffrey Katzenberg realized they had to contemporize Disney and most of everything they were doing at the time was to bring the stock price up.  "Storming the Magic Kingdom" lays it all out.  And as Michael Eisner enters his 19th year as CEO, with stockholders and Disney fans heaping criticism on him, it's always good to look back and see where the company truly was when Roy Disney Jr. brought Eisner, Wells and Katzenberg on board, the remarkable turnaround these three truly brought about , to put today into perspective.


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Posted: Aug. 23, 2003 9:29 am/pm Quote

"Storming the Magic Kingdom" is out of print, you might try finding a copy at your local public library or have the library search around your metro area or state to borrow it on your behalf.  This is essential Disney reading for those interested in Disney as a business.  It explains how Eisner, Wells and Katzenberg strove to turn the place around.  Since they were incoming after a hostile takeover attempt, their common goal was to raise up the stock price and the value of the company so that a hostile takeover could never happen again.  We've diverted into "stock prices" and historical highs and lows, this era the book covers would be emerging from a low point, in answer to your question.  Just wanted to make that clarification on how to find the book and why I referred to it.

Preceding "Storming the Magic Kingdom" is a biography of Walt Disney called "Walt Disney:  An American Original".  It's a friendly biography, but it also lays out company history just after Walt's death and leading up to the hostile takeover attempts of the early '80s.


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Posted: Aug. 24, 2003 6:46 am/pm Quote

As posted on Box Office Mojo Sunday 8/24/03, All time domestic box office grosses UNadjusted for ticket price inflation.  "Finding Nemo" just ate up "Forrest Gump", "Pirates of the Caribbean" is on the list now, too:

DOMESTIC GROSSES


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Rank Title (click to view) Studio Lifetime Gross Year

1 Titanic Par. $600,788,188 1997
2 Star Wars Fox $460,998,007 1977
3 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Uni. $435,110,554 1982
4 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Fox $431,088,297 1999
5 Spider-Man Sony $403,706,375 2002
6 Jurassic Park Uni. $357,067,947 1993
7 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers NL $339,785,181 2002
8 Finding Nemo Dis. $329,754,000 2003
9 Forrest Gump Par. $329,694,499 1994
10 The Lion King Dis. $328,541,776 1994

11 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone WB $317,575,550 2001
12 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring NL $313,364,114 2001
13 Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones Fox $310,676,740 2002
14 Return of the Jedi Fox $309,306,177 1983
15 Independence Day Fox $306,169,255 1996
16 The Sixth Sense Dis. $293,506,292 1999
17 The Empire Strikes Back Fox $290,475,067 1980
18 Home Alone Fox $285,761,243 1990
19 The Matrix Reloaded WB $278,507,722 2003
20 Shrek DW $267,665,011 2001

21 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets WB $261,988,482 2002
22 Pirates of the Caribbean Dis. $260,965,000 2003
23 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Uni. $260,044,825 2000
24 Jaws Uni. $260,000,000 1975
25 Monsters, Inc. Dis. $255,873,250 2001
26 Batman WB $251,188,924 1989
27 Men in Black Sony $250,690,539 1997
28 Toy Story 2 Dis. $245,852,179 1999
29 Raiders of the Lost Ark Par. $242,374,454 1981
30 Twister WB $241,721,524 1996

31 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC $241,438,208 2002
32 Bruce Almighty Uni. $240,340,000 2003
33 Ghostbusters Col. $238,632,124 1984
34 Beverly Hills Cop Par. $234,760,478 1984
35 Cast Away Fox $233,632,142 2000
36 The Exorcist WB $232,671,011 1973
37 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Uni. $229,086,679 1997
38 Signs Dis. $227,966,634 2002
39 Rush Hour 2 NL $226,164,286 2001
40 Mrs. Doubtfire Fox $219,195,243 1993

41 Ghost Par. $217,631,306 1990
42 Aladdin Dis. $217,350,219 1992
43 Saving Private Ryan DW $216,540,909 1998
44 Mission: Impossible 2 Par. $215,409,889 2000
45 X2: X-Men United Fox $214,836,193 2003
46 Austin Powers in Goldmember NL $213,307,889 2002
47 Back to the Future Uni. $210,609,762 1985
48 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me NL $206,040,086 1999
49 Terminator 2: Judgment Day TriS $204,843,345 1991
50 The Mummy Returns Uni. $202,019,785 2001


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This picture was sent to us by a friend. Carol wonders if it an example of cutting budgets at Disney...
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Quote (RichKoster @ Sep. 25, 2003 4:37 am/pm)
Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

This picture was sent to us by a friend. Carol wonders if it an example of cutting budgets at Disney...
LOL

That pretty much sums it up. I'm getting more and more annoyed with the way Disney has been handling things lately. I wish we had another Frank Wells (wasn't that his name?) in there to keep Eisner in check again.

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Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Now that the DVD of "Finding Nemo" is coming out, please go to this thread to add your comments about the movie.

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