Web site to cash in on hunger for Hannibal

How about a chance encounter with Hannibal Lecter? An online gaming company is taking bets on how big a bite the carnivorous doctor takes out of the box office this weekend.

The movie "Red Dragon," which opens this weekend, will probably devour the competition with "some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The latest flesh-eating flick featuring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter is destined to be a monster hit.

You can bet on it.

The St. John's, Antigua-based gaming company BetWWTS.com is offering odds on the opening weekend receipts of "Red Dragon" and its Oscar prospects.

The odds of the movie having a bigger opening weekend than 2001's "Hannibal" are 2-1, if you're willing to take the chance. The odds that "Red Dragon" will rake in less during its box office debut than did its predecessor are 4-11.

The chances of the film receiving a Best Picture Oscar nomination are listed at 3-1 odds. "The Silence of the Lambs" won that award. The odds that "Red Dragon" will not be nominated are 4-11.

You may also wager on whether Anthony Hopkins, Ed Norton or Ralph Fiennes will get nominated for Oscars. The odds of one of them receiving an Oscar nomination for his "Red Dragon" role are 2-1. The chance none of them will be nominated is 2-5.

Hopkins took home the gold statue for his portrayal of Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs."

BetWWTS.com will offer betting on "Red Dragon" until Oct. 4, when the film opens.

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