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.