According to a study by people who study stuff and try to pretend it's a job (like blogging!), the zombie industry is worth almost $6-billion. My life? My life is worth nothing. "I'll take it." Haha -- nice try, Lucifer!
Regardless of the reason, zombies are worth billions of dollars. The figure that we were able to piece together: $5.74 billion. In all honesty, this tab is grossly undercalculated in each category. By the time you add the money spent in total around the zombie genre, the figure is much higher.
Movies: $2.5 billion
Video games: $2.5 billion
Comic books, magazines and TV: $50 million
Books and novels: $100 million
Halloween costumes: $500 million (over a 4-year period)
Conventions, events and walks: $10 million
Merchandise: $50 million
The digital world: $10 million
Music: $10 million
Art: $10 million
You can check out MSNBC's whole long-ass article for details on each segment of the market, or, if you're like me, you can just go, "damn, $6-billion, that's a lot." You have no idea how pissed I am for investing my entire life savings in aliens. THEY were supposed to be the next big thing!
Thanks to Sherry, who's trying to score a piece of the market with a line of zombie inspired cosmetics. OMG -- can you make it look like my eyes are bleeding?!