I stumbled upon a forum post on Digital Point Forum : someone is selling their Spiderman 3 trailer site. The revenue and traffic stats are quite juicy : around $450 for the last 3 months, which is really not bad considering the low amount of work put into the site (4 or 5 pages, some images, a few links out, and some RSS fetching from news sites such as Yahoo to keep the whole thing fresh)
You also need some SEO work to make your site get its way up into search engine results, but this shouldn't be big deal considering the fact that you can create your site before anyone else does. Working on such a site 6 months or so before the buzz gets really loud seems a good idea. And it seems there are even some people ready to buy your site after the movie launches! (which will kill the site, obviously)
Think about this : create and monetize micro sites for upcoming blockbusters (Spiderman4, 5, 6, Pirates of the Carribean 4, you name them all). Each of them would require about 2 hours of work and a $12 domain registration. You can easily push the concept a bit further and create microsite for upcoming video game hits, future popular sports events, predictable celebrity events (next Hollywood Star's wedding, divorce, first kid, drug scandal, suicide).
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