Twilight New Moon Will be the Biggest Movie in the History of Movies. Nay, in the History of History.

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Or perhaps, just the biggest movie of 2009. Either/or. According to the folks at online movie ticket vendor Fandango, advance ticket sales numbers for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” has easily beat out every movie in the company’s 10-year history, including “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Stars Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.” The film is also MovieTickets.com’s bestselling pre-sold title in its history. All that is leading industry insiders to predict something in the range of an $85 million opening weekend for Summit’s tale of lovelorn High School girls and their vampire/werewolf crushes. My own guess? Somewhere closer to $100 million.

To capitalize on the Chris Weitz-directed “New Moon”, Summit will be re-releasing the first “Twilight” (which has grossed over $380 million worldwide) back into 2,057 theaters on Thursday. It will then deliver “New Moon” into 3,500 theaters for its Thursday midnight showing, and expanding it to 4,024 by Friday morning. Basically, if you’re a diehard “Twilight” fan, you don’t technically have to ever leave the movie theater between Thursday and Friday.

Then on June 30, 2010, “Twilight” fans can do it all over again when “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” comes out from director David Slade. Except this time Summit will have two additional “Twilight” movies to get you prepared for the sequel, and perhaps they will re-release “Twilight” on Wednesday and “New Moon” on Thursday to get you ready for the “Eclipse” Thursday midnight screening. So instead of “Twilight” fans not having to technically leave the theater from Thursday and Friday, you can add Wednesday into the mix. In which case, bring soap.

Twilight fans: the bane of every Comic Con goer's existence.

Twilight fans: the bane of every Comic Con goer's existence.

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  • Phil

    If this pathetic excuse for a film and series manages to break the opening weekend record.. then two things

    1) Kudos to the studio, marketing team, and the author for tapping into an uptapped market, women; Because they will be laughing all the way to the bank for the rest of their lives.

    2) We will have to endure endless amounts of crap regarding freaking sparkly teen vampire romance wannabe drama, online, tv, etc. while listening to high pitched squeeling..

    ugh

  • Phil

    If this pathetic excuse for a film and series manages to break the opening weekend record.. then two things

    1) Kudos to the studio, marketing team, and the author for tapping into an uptapped market, women; Because they will be laughing all the way to the bank for the rest of their lives.

    2) We will have to endure endless amounts of crap regarding freaking sparkly teen vampire romance wannabe drama, online, tv, etc. while listening to high pitched squeeling..

    ugh

  • Kat

    Hey Phil,

    Its great that you understand that most of the hype surrounding New Moon is due to the marketing team and the author’s ability to write such an addictive ‘saga’ However, the “untapped market”, as you call it, is probably a little understated by your generalisation of being JUST women. Granted the demographic of the novels is the female population of the world (As most women can relate to the character of Bella and the feeling of first love) but you’ll probably be horrified to hear that there are also several men who have read the books/seen the films/etc and also have a high opinion of the Twilight Saga.

    As a 25 year old female who will be attending the first showing of the movie at her local cinema at midnight tonight with four other people, you may also be interested in knowing that two of those are male and they are not being dragging along kicking and screaming, they asked to go!

    And, Just while I’m on the rant, you dont have to endure “endless amounts of crap regarding freaking sparkly teen vampire romance wannabe”…Im sure you have a remote control for your tv so you dont even have to get up to turn over the channel! If it doesnt interest you, dont get involved! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so please dont dismiss those who are interested in the hype…BITE ME!

    :D

  • Kat

    Hey Phil,

    Its great that you understand that most of the hype surrounding New Moon is due to the marketing team and the author’s ability to write such an addictive ‘saga’ However, the “untapped market”, as you call it, is probably a little understated by your generalisation of being JUST women. Granted the demographic of the novels is the female population of the world (As most women can relate to the character of Bella and the feeling of first love) but you’ll probably be horrified to hear that there are also several men who have read the books/seen the films/etc and also have a high opinion of the Twilight Saga.

    As a 25 year old female who will be attending the first showing of the movie at her local cinema at midnight tonight with four other people, you may also be interested in knowing that two of those are male and they are not being dragging along kicking and screaming, they asked to go!

    And, Just while I’m on the rant, you dont have to endure “endless amounts of crap regarding freaking sparkly teen vampire romance wannabe”…Im sure you have a remote control for your tv so you dont even have to get up to turn over the channel! If it doesnt interest you, dont get involved! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so please dont dismiss those who are interested in the hype…BITE ME!

    :D

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Seriously what is this twilight sh* man!?

    I saw Thrist, amazing vampire movie. One of the best vampire movies ever created next to Blade 1.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    Seriously what is this twilight sh* man!?

    I saw Thrist, amazing vampire movie. One of the best vampire movies ever created next to Blade 1.

  • erick

    Not having seen the first movie except for the goofy clips on YouTube re: sparkly skin and vampire baseball, I’m nevertheless surprised by the “I’m too cool for ‘Twilight'” hate that the series is generally getting on movie sites. For Christ’s sake, let the girls have their geekouts; it’s not as though there’s a whole lot of genre properties that girls can call their own. Seriously, quit being catty about it and go fire up your “Galactica” boxed sets or something

    • erick

      By the way, I don’t consider this article as part of the hate campaign. The tone I got from it was more “I don’t get it, but it’s not my thing,” which is kind of where I am

  • erick

    Not having seen the first movie except for the goofy clips on YouTube re: sparkly skin and vampire baseball, I’m nevertheless surprised by the “I’m too cool for ‘Twilight'” hate that the series is generally getting on movie sites. For Christ’s sake, let the girls have their geekouts; it’s not as though there’s a whole lot of genre properties that girls can call their own. Seriously, quit being catty about it and go fire up your “Galactica” boxed sets or something

    • erick

      By the way, I don’t consider this article as part of the hate campaign. The tone I got from it was more “I don’t get it, but it’s not my thing,” which is kind of where I am

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I was going to jump on this post and spew some hate towards this IP but after reading the comments, I agree with Erick. I watched the first movie and while I felt it was a complete waste of time with gimmicky characters, mediocre story at best, and its success the reason why vampire movies dont get the treatment they should……I saw it and immediately understood what people saw in it. They may see the whole “joy of first love” or just the “slick sparkly vampire who is dreamy” clause, but either way…people enjoyed it and that is what mattered. I think people get offended so much by things like this because movies that they “feel” are much better than any piece of this film, or the books, dont see the light of day for reasons that we can spend all day going over. I for one believe that “Let the Right One In” is the best film involving a vampire since Interview with a vampire if not Even better. I find it hard to not get pissed when things like this blow up, but then again….nothing beats having a movie that not many people have seen or even heard about, and being able to introduce it to them. (Flip side, Hollywood puts the director of Cloverfield (LOVED IT) on the American remake of Let the Right One In a year and a half after its made. I dont hate the director but I would rather a re release of the original and for that director to go back to cloverfield 2 lol)

    In the end… Let people have their fun i guess.

    • Joseph Peter Savitski

      “Let The Right One In” is an excellent film, you can pick up the novel it was based on in any bookstore. It’s a fantastic read and well worth it. An amazingly good vampire novel is “The Strain” by Guillermo DeToro, the filmmaker behind “Mimic”, “Hellboy” films, and “Blade 2″. Scary stuff.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kurotsurugi The_Strongest_There_Is

    I was going to jump on this post and spew some hate towards this IP but after reading the comments, I agree with Erick. I watched the first movie and while I felt it was a complete waste of time with gimmicky characters, mediocre story at best, and its success the reason why vampire movies dont get the treatment they should……I saw it and immediately understood what people saw in it. They may see the whole “joy of first love” or just the “slick sparkly vampire who is dreamy” clause, but either way…people enjoyed it and that is what mattered. I think people get offended so much by things like this because movies that they “feel” are much better than any piece of this film, or the books, dont see the light of day for reasons that we can spend all day going over. I for one believe that “Let the Right One In” is the best film involving a vampire since Interview with a vampire if not Even better. I find it hard to not get pissed when things like this blow up, but then again….nothing beats having a movie that not many people have seen or even heard about, and being able to introduce it to them. (Flip side, Hollywood puts the director of Cloverfield (LOVED IT) on the American remake of Let the Right One In a year and a half after its made. I dont hate the director but I would rather a re release of the original and for that director to go back to cloverfield 2 lol)

    In the end… Let people have their fun i guess.

    • Joseph Peter Savitski

      “Let The Right One In” is an excellent film, you can pick up the novel it was based on in any bookstore. It’s a fantastic read and well worth it. An amazingly good vampire novel is “The Strain” by Guillermo DeToro, the filmmaker behind “Mimic”, “Hellboy” films, and “Blade 2″. Scary stuff.