|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is expected to become one of the year’s blockbusters when it is released. Advanced ticket sales of the much-anticipated film have soared as fans attempt to secure seats in crowded theaters. Intertops.com has become the first established bookmaker to offer wagering options on the box office success of the film.|
Intertops.com is the Internet’s first and largest sports betting site and are offering unique betting options on the first Harry Potter film. These include odds on the Harry Potter film breaking various box office records. The Lost World: Jurassic Park currently holds the three-day opening box office record draw of $72.1 million. This record was set back in 1997, but Intertops has now listed Harry Potter as a favorite to eclipse that record in its first weekend of release. Odds are offered at 11/25 for the film to break the record and 7/4 for it to fall short of the mark.
Customers also have the opportunity to bet on whether Harry Potter will break or tie the record for quickest film to earn $100 million. The record is presently held by The Phantom Menace, which had reached the $100 million mark within its first five days of release.
CEO and co-founder of Intertops.com, Simon Nobel, commented, “The release of the first Harry Potter film has conjured up unmatched box office estimates with industry analysts predicting earnings well over $200 million. Since the film is being shipped to an unprecedented number of theaters and comes from a line of best-selling books that have sold over 110 million copies worldwide, Harry Potter is certain to have a magical opening weekend and establish a new standard for future blockbusters.”