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.