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Wall Street Watch: Hollywood's Bean Counters Are Smiling Again

After several weeks of lackluster showings, theaters were busy last weekend. Sony's Hotel Transylvania rang up $43 million in ticket sales, making it the largest September opening -- ever. The industry hopes to keep it going this weekend, relying on familiar franchises.

What to Watch This Week: Games, PCs, Jewelers, Pandora, and MIB3

Let's go over some of the items that will help shape the week that lies ahead on Wall Street: Activision Blizzard needs to bounce back; the Men in Black come back; jewelers may love their earnings, but PC sellers probably won't; and we won't know about Pandora until they open the box.

Is Corporate America Too Focused on Profit Margins?

I recently penned a column pointing out that when America "lost" the TV manufacturing industry to Japan, it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, because the business has become a low-margin money loser. A lot of readers disagreed.

Don't Look Now, But Google Just Goofed

Last week, rumors began emerging of a planned wireless entertainment device from Google. That may sound cool, but before Google jumps headfirst into the brutally competitive and low-margin consumer electronics business, it should recall how similar moves nearly crushed Cisco.

Why to Be Glad America Isn't Making TVs Anymore

It's hard to complain too much about how Japan "stole" the high-tech electronics business from the U.S. More accurately, they took a low-margin business off our hands. And you know what we should be saying to that? Good riddance!

Is the Business of TV Manufacturing Worth the Trouble?

Once upon a time, Japanese heavyweights Sony and Panasonic were the cream of the crop when it came to TV manufacturers. Nowadays, the leaders of the pack are Korean conglomerates Samsung and LG Display. With the old leaders losing money in the business, should they even keep trying to compete?

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

Before you know it, cars that drive themselves may be available at your local dealership: According to a top GM official, vehicles that "partially drive themselves" will be available in just a few years, with more sophisticated self-driving cars possible by the end of the decade.

Why Movie Watchers Are Abandoning the Multiplex

Noticed that your local movie theater is a little quieter than usual lately? Don't go thinking that moviegoers have just gotten more considerate. The reason phones aren't ringing, babies aren't wailing, and know-it-alls aren't giving away plot twists before they happen is simple: People just aren't there.