Twilight Will Be HUGE

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When they first announced the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s novel, I was instantly on-board. I knew the books were best sellers but I didn’t realize the reaction would be quite this overpowering. I don’t think anyone did.

Immediately the fangirls started to swoon and sigh over every announcement and by the time the film made it to Comic-Con, it was out of control. Remember the fan reaction? Even funnier than that was the backlash from fanboys that felt the girls were taking over “their” turf. Suck it up boys. Girls are entitled to their own moments of crazy reaction. If it happens to surround a teen vampire love story rather than the newest comic book adaptation, so be it.

I’m looking forward to Twilight and even though I don’t have high expectations that it will be a great film I do expect to be entertained. More than that, it’ll be cool to share in a moment with other women that doesn’t include high-heels, shopping and drinking cosmos.

But I have limited patience for big crowds, especially those made up of screeching teenage fans. Do I make the outing on opening weekend or do I wait? What’s a girl to do? I’m thinking I will make the trek, if only to take it in with other fans. That, in and of itself, should make for an interesting night out.

And for doubters that didn’t think this would make any money – time to rethink the power of the teen girl market. Two weeks before the film opens and there are already sold out screenings across the US and I’ve already received two emails from Cineplex encouraging me to buy my tickets early. If that’s not enough, a Fandango Survey from the week ending October 31st had the following statistics to share:

* 92% of respondents say they’ll see Twilight on opening weekend;
* 85% say they plan to see the film more than once;
* 97% have read the novel by Stephenie Meyer
* 95% of the respondents to the survey are female;
* 42% of respondents are 25 or older; 58% are younger than 25.

When I posted a similar entry in my personal blog, I made a pretty bold statement: Twilight won’t just break November box office records, it will OBLITERATE them.

Sadly, I made that statement before checking to see what the current record was. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire holds the record for biggest November opening with $102,685,961. That’s a whole lot of money. I have no idea how many screens Twilight will open on but if it’s comparable to HP (approximately 3,900) it’s likely to make as much money though obliterating that amount will require an act of god.

Bottom line: fans are bound to be happy regardless of how bad the movie is and Summit has hit the jackpot.

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Andrew James
Admin

Nice opinion piece; let's just say I won't be there opening weekend. I'll wait until I've read reports on the quality of the film before going.

kurt
Guest

I'll be in watching LET THE RIGHT ONE IN again. Yes, this was a snobby comment. Yes, I'm proud of myself. 😛

Henrik
Guest

It surprises nobody that either gender has the same amount of retards.

Henrik
Guest

No need to thank me.

Maybe a retard is a strong word… But this post reminds me of all the unbearable transformers posts that John Campea used to write. "Believe me, this movie will make tons of money!" Who cares?

Jonathan
Admin

Box office take interests some people. A lot of people. Millions and millions of dollars are spent on betting on the box office every year. Get over it.

entertainmenttodayan
Guest

They certainly cast the right actress as the female lead. Kristen Stewart has that certain something going on beside good looks. I like her alot on screen!

Chuck

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I liked Stewart in INTO THE WILD and UNDERTOW, both are very small roles, and in both Stewart is a knock-out.

Andrew James
Admin

Well, overall I don't really care about box office numbers vs film quality (except when a movie is great and no one goes to it), but it is fun to look at and analyze box office numbers from time to time. Especially with movies like these that are hard to predict. Will either make boatloads or be very mediocre. I'm skeptical about the huge numbers being predicted, but we shall see.

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

"Nothing wrong with having (and enjoying) both."

I hear and agree with you Marina. I thought Let the Right One Is was fantastic, and hope to catch it theatrically again. I'm also totally psyched for Twilight. I read the book in a weekend in the summer and and storming through New Moon now. Is it predictable? Yes. Is it totally teen? Yes. Am I going to love it? Most likely!

kurt
Guest

They are both vampire stories that in some way romanticize the vampire, and skew its protagonists young. Not too trivial to pass along a comparison. I should be past the point at getting miffed that a middle-brow film will do better than something with higher aims, but it bugs me anyway. No, I'll not be bothering with Twilight, as there is too much other stuff out there to spend my time with.

I only bring the two up together because one will be volleyed via a massive marketing push into the mainstream (and I'm expecting to bad reviews due to the film's (likely) excessive pandering), while the other struggles to make a few $$$s despite winning a boatload of awards and praise. I should shut up now, however because let the right one in is actually playing at the multiplex in the suburbs here. I hope it doesn't play to empty houses.

Henrik
Guest

Weird how some of these shit movies fall into the "you can watch this and good shit and have an appreciation of both" and some fall into the "watching this is a waste of peoples time and if you go to see it you aren't very intelligent". I wonder how people make that distinction, it seems to be based on simply, wether or not the person liked the movie. It all falls in the same category for me, waste of time, I'd rather play a fucking video game online.

I will say though that something like The Incredible Hulk I appreciate because it utilizes the american machine to make extreme comic book shit that I can't see anywhere else. Like the sound cannon effects and the big bad guy flipping a car into his hands and killing the soldiers. But a vampire flick promises nothing but flying like bats and fangs. Waste of my fucking time.

Henrik
Guest

I guess it always comes down to personal choice. No need to defend anything, which, in all honesty, is fine. I shouldn't command people to defend everything, it makes me seem like an authority, which I am not, it makes me seem like I have authority, which I don't.

I will say though, that I resent the "get over it" remark. If you don't want me expressing honest opinions and instead want me to get over them, please explicitly make it clear on the website, so I won't make the mistake again. Untill then, the fault clearly lies with the website and its open comments section.

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