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APPLE (NASD: AAPL) iPhone users have downloaded over 60 million applications. While most of the applications are free, Apple reports that sales of applications are running around $1 million a day. While their has been some controversy about software malfunctions, bugs, and a glowing ruby priced at $1,000, analysts believe that with continued growth and sales the applications store could be a billion dollar business.
ELECTRONIC ARTS (NASD: ERTS) is hoping to see sales trending upwards for Madden NFL ’09, which will be released tomorrow. The video game manufacturer, whose bid for TAKE-TWO INTERACTIVE (NASD: TTWO) is still in the air, has noticed that pre-sales for mega-brands like Madden are slipping, along with its stock. EA is hoping to regain some momentum through other established brand games, while also rolling out more games for Nintendo’s Wii and a version of The Dark Knight.
WARNER BROS. (NYSE: TWX) The Dark Knight topped the box office for the fourth week in a row, bringing its total gross earnings to $441.5 million. The latest Batman film surpassed Shrek II for the third highest grossing domestic film ever, placing it behind the original Star Wars ($461 million) and Titanic ($600.1 million).