Not so long ago in a galaxy very nearby, a little film called Star Wars took the world by storm, earning a cool $755.5 million at the box office and becoming the highest grossing film of all time (at the time). Later retitled Star Wars: Episode VI – A New Hope, it was produced with a modest $11 million budget, and yet spurred a franchise that would go on to earn an approximate $37 billion, the films forever cemented in our collective social consciousness as some of the greatest of all time (at any time).
Did George Lucas have any idea that his low-budget film would one day become the absolute force of nature we know it to be? (No pun intended.) Could fans of the original have predicted that the beloved saga would one day be just a small part of such a vast universe, with spin-offs, prequels, fan theories, books, merchandise, even betting props and odds attached to it?
Funnily enough, Lucas was never really convinced people would like his film. During an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, he admitted that, even when the president of 20th Century Fox called him personally, he still did not believe that the success was real, or that it would last. However, as we know, it was and it did, to a degree no one could have dreamed.
The $775.5 million that Star Wars: Episode IV earned back in 1977 was definitely nothing to sniff at, however, the wagers the oddsmakers at Xbet are offering demonstrate just how prominent the franchise remains in today’s movie marketplace, one where pirating and illegal downloads cut into profit margins. The next entry in the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, is expected to rake in about $555 million on opening weekend alone and easily exceed $1 billion when it’s all said and done.
If you’re looking to place a small wager on the film’s performance, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll go through the most interesting Last Jedi props available and sort out how to play them.
Over/Under on The Last Jedi’s Worldwide Opening Weekend Gross: O/U $555 million
The “over” on opening weekend gross is a little too optimistic. The Force Awakens brought in a gross of $529 million on its opening weekend; timing and anticipation for The Last Jedi taken into account, it should do similar numbers. But adding on another $30 million or so is a tough ask.
Odds on Higher US Opening Weekend: The Last Jedi vs Rogue One
Xbet is not the only sportsbook accepting wagers on what The Last Jedi will earn. If you’re willing to make a $45 deposit before getting started, MyBookie is offering -800 odds that it will have a higher US opening weekend than Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which brought in around $155 million in 2016. The payout is very low, but betting on Last Jedi is still the better option. Rogue One didn’t have the same starpower (no Mark Hamill, no Adam Driver, no Carrie Fisher, no Daisy Ridley, no John Boyega) and was billed as something of a spin-off.
Odds Kylo Ren Kills Leia
The Force Awakens left us with so many questions, and you can bet on the events that will transpire within Last Jedi at BetOnline.ag. (They have the best variety of props that we have found, to date, and offer reasonable odds.) The screen-grab below highlights a few of the most intriguing options.
Our favorite is the first. After (spoiler alert) Kylo Ren offed his dad (Han Solo) in The Force Awakens, it’s highly unlikely he goes two-for-two on his parents with a little Last Jedi matricide. Sprinkle a little on the “no” side and maybe you’ll come out of the midnight screening with your popcorn paid for!
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