Twilight gathered $7 million at its initial midnight offering

Twilight” conquered the box office on its first day out! Reuters reports that the teen vampire movie gathered over $7 million dollars at its initial midnight offering. With those kinds of numbers it can easily have an opening weekend that surpasses $70 million.

Like “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” is expected to become a huge franchise. Midnight screenings of the film are among nearly 2,000 shows across the United States that have been sold out, putting the film on course for a blockbuster opening weekend in North America.

The movie is based on a book series of the same name by author Stephenie Meyer. The bestselling series had thousands and thousands of avid fans camping out overnight, standing in long lines, and buying tickets online as soon as they became available.

“It is a little nuts,” said Robert Pattinson after teenagers queued from 6am outside the venue for the Los Angeles premiere of the film this week. “It’s been like this for a week now. I’ve gone deaf.”

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Twilight tells the story of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father. She becomes drawn to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a pale, strange classmate who seems determined to push her away. Edward really isn’t like the other boys. He can run faster than a mountain lion. He can stop a moving car with his bare hands. Oh, and he hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. But he doesn’t have fangs…and he doesn’t drink human blood. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together. Their unusual romance puts her in danger when Edward’s nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.

In a positive review, Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan wrote, “I am not now nor have I ever been a 13-year-old girl, but ‘Twilight’ made me wish I could be, at least for a couple of hours, the better to appreciate a movie that has been targeted to that demographic with the delicious specificity of a laser weapon.”

I can’t wait to see the movie here in Manila. I really liked the books and I hope that the movie can live up to them.

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