Showbusiness Specials Betting By Joe Crilly

50 Shades: Odds Tumble On Flop Being Box Office Hit!

The reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey are in and it appears that the creators have a bit of a flop on their hands – critically at least. What they do have, however is a film that is set to be a rock hard success with audiences around the globe.


Bookmakers, William Hill, have slashed the odds of the film being nominated for a 2015 Razzie from 6/4 to 10/11 after the most anticipated movie of the year thus far, was panned by a majority of critics after the premiere.


The bad reviews do not look set to turn audiences off however, with Britain’s biggest bookmaker having to slash the odds of the movie being the biggest box office hit of the year. In the space of just 24 hours, the price of the movie topping the box office charts at the end of the year tumbled from 20/1 to 10/1. That puts the movie ahead of the likes of American Sniper (14/1), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (14/1) and Minions (16/1).


“The fact that this movie has taken a pounding from the critics will not stop people turning up to take the punishment of watching it,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.


25/1       Fifty Shades Of Grey to be nominated for any of the following Oscars - best picture; best director; best actor; best actress; best supporting actor; best supporting actress


10/11     Fifty Shades of Grey to be nominated for a 2015 Razzie (worst picture only)


Highest grossing film of 2015 declared by on 1st March  2016: 1/4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens; 3/1 Avengers: Age of Ultron; 8/1 Jurassic World; 8/1 Spectre; 10/1 Fifty Shades of Grey; 12/1 Ant Man; 14/1 American Sniper; 14/1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2; 16/1 Minons; 20/1 Inside Out; 25/1 Mission Impossible 5; 33/1 The Good Dinosaur; 40/1 Mad Max: Fury Road; 50/1 Everest; 50/1 Terminator Genysis; 50/1 The Hateful Eight; 100/1 Ted 2

*refers to US domestic takings from films released in 2015 including any Box Office revenue the film makes outside that year.