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  1. #1
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    Feb 2008

    Summit announces 'Twilight' sequel

    Can someone spell "FRANCHISE" ?

    Source: Variety

    Summit announces 'Twilight' sequel
    Massive opening prompts 'New Moon'
    Fresh from a massive opening day for "Twilight," Summit Entertainment has officially greenlit a "New Moon" sequel.
    Summit made the widely expected announcement Saturday morning. "Twilight" generated first-day grosses of $35.7 million from 3,419 playdates on Friday -- including $7 million from Thursday midnight shows.

    The vampire thriller's a ready-made franchise for Summit with four books in Stephenie Meyer’s series, which have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.

    "New Moon" is the second title in the series and is centered on Edward Cullen leaving Bella Swan in order to keep her safe from other vampires. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart play the leads in the film.

    "I don't think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment," Meyer said in a statement.

    "Twilight" had been expected to open in the $50 million to $60 million range, although it looks likely to end up above that.

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  2. #2
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    Mar 2005
    Moved from Minas Tirith!!! Direction of my new path is not so clear, but I think I'm on the way to MY SHIRE
    News about release date (from Box office Mojo):

    Rushing to capitalize on the success of Twilight, distributor Summit Entertainment staked out a release date for the sequel. New Moon, based on the second book of the four-novel series by Stephenie Meyer, is scheduled to be unleashed on Nov. 20, 2009. That's the same pre-Thanksgiving weekend timeframe that Twilight debuted on, and follows a pattern set forth by other fantastical fan favorites, such as the Harry Potter series.

    The release date announcement comes after Twilight crossed the $150 million mark on Sunday, its 24th day of release. Produced for $37 million, the picture has been a rousing success, ranking as the highest-grossing vampire movie and teen romance on record (unadjusted). Over the weekend, Summit also announced that Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) would direct New Moon, a personnel shift from Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen).

    Summit reported the following description for New Moon: "Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly, she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested."

    That means next November will see two werewolf movies face-off. Last week, Universal Pictures shifted the release of its horror remake, The Wolfman, featuring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, from April 3 to Nov. 6.

    Historically, werewolves have not been as popular as vampires at the box office. For instance, werewolf romance Blood and Chocolate made $3.5 million in its entire run, a number that vampire romance Twilight had surpassed within its first few hours of release. In recent years, the only successful werewolf movies have been Underworld and its sequel, though those were about a war between vampires and werewolves and the vampires had top billing. The third movie, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, opens Jan. 23, and emphasizes the werewolves based on its title and trailer.

    Twilight shifted to the pre-Thanksgiving weekend to take advantage of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's departure from that date. Now with New Moon, the Twilight franchise repeats the one-year gap of the first two Harry Potter movies, which opened on the same pre-Thanksgiving weekends in 2001 and 2002.

    Currently, three other nationwide releases are scheduled for Nov. 20, 2009: sci-fi animation Planet 51, detective adventure Sherlock Holmes (with Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law) and the Farelly Bros.' Untitled Three Stooges Project

  3. #3
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    Apr 2001
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    I may wait to see this on video. I saw "twilight" and thought it was terrible. Sure, the leads were good, the cinamatography rocked and the music was great -- but the writing was BAD!!!!
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