How Much is Blockbuster Worth?

Published by patrick honner on

Blockbuster Video will always have a special place in my heart.  When a store opened up a few blocks from my childhood home, it was a big deal.  We were excited to walk over, browse the rows of VHS (and, for a short time, Beta) cassettes, and bring back a movie or two for three days / two nights.

Oh, how times have changed.  Once valued at nearly $5 billion (in 1996 dollars), Blockbuster stock is currently trading at around 17 cents a share, which means that the company is currently valued at around $37 million.

So where is this $37 million in value?  The company has dropped more than 100-fold in value, but $37 million stills seems like a lot of money.  Does Blockbuster have any significant revenue?  Do they have exclusive agreements with movie studios that have value?  Is the Blockbuster brand worth something?  Can they sell all their old VHS tapes to Panama?

Determining the value of a company is an interesting and complicated problem.  Facebook provides another good example of the complexities involved.  Recent reports suggest Facebook has a value between $10 and $20 billion, even though Facebook’s revenue is on the order of $1 billion.  How does one determine that all the non-revenue-related stuff (brand identity, user base, etc) is worth $9 billion?

One thing is for sure:  Netflix, currently valued at around $5 billion, is definitely 133 times more valuable than Blockbuster.  At least.

patrick honner

Math teacher in Brooklyn, New York


Nikita Zolotykh · August 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm

What’s even more interesting is why do people watch movies through Blockbuster or Netflix nowadays at all, when they can simply go online and watch them for free in a good quality (or even download them in HD quality for free, once again)? [well, besides less headache, of course]

mrhonner · August 3, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Probably a few reasons:

-lack of knowledge of how to obtain movies online
-lack of high-speed internet
-ethical or practical objection to viewing such movies

The guy who started Netflix tells an interesting story of how he got the business rolling. So what’s the next big business success in this industry?

Jennifer · November 6, 2022 at 2:03 pm

I can download whatever I want from the internet, whenever I want. I’m computer savvy, I have capability. However, Tech is awesome, but it was a family thing. Time for the family to be together n pick a movie you
all liked. We had so much fun doing it back then, it helped bond families and BLOCK BUSTER the outside world for a night? I miss that! It’s Korny, but it was FAMILY NIGHT!!

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