Bookmaker William Hill is making a fairly confident bet that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is going to be the most profitable film of 2015. See what other movies top the list after the jump…
I’m sure you didn’t see that one coming. Especially after the news that The Force Awakens is the most anticipated movie for 2015. 🙂
From Crunch Sports:
As we head into Awards Season for movies celebrating the best of 2014, bookmakers are looking ahead to what may be making waves this coming year.
With some huge blockbusters due out over the coming 12 months, it is Star Wars that is set to trump the lot with Britain’s biggest bookmaker offering just 1/6 that it takes the most money.
Age Of Ultron is the 4/1 second favourite, ahead of Jurassic World at 8/1.
Surprisingly, Spectre, the new James Bond movie, is just fourth in the betting at 9/1.
While it’s no surprise that the movie will do well, the projection that it can financially do better than the sequel to the third-highest-grossing movie of all time is interesting.
In a previous story we reported that:
“Wall Street analysts at this point aren’t as bullish; last summer, Credit Suisse’s Michael Senn predicted $1.2 billion in box office for “Episode VII. This week, Cowan & Co. projected $1.2 billion and FBR Capital Markets said it would take in $700 million domestically — and net $1 billion overseas.”
There might even be the possibility that the movie could make more money than James Cameron’s Avatar. Disney is bound to make so much money that CEO Bob Iger will laugh his way to the bank for the entirety of 2016.
Crunch Sports updated their report. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is narrowing the gap:
The seventh movie in the Star Wars series is just 1/4 with the bookmaker to gross the highest amount this year, while Jurassic World and the new James Bond movie, Spectre, are 8/1.
Age of Ultron’s odds have been slashed from an original 5/1 down to 3/1, and has been the biggest mover in the market.
“The second trailer for Age of Ultron has landed and makes the movie look even more exciting than the first one did,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Crunchsports.com.