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Twilight Rules the Box Office; Sequel Confirmed

Twilight reviewed!Thanks to a $70.6 million opening weekend, the teen protagonists of vamp romance “>Twilight will definitely be returning for at least one sequel. According to Yahoo! News, Summit Entertainment is proceeding with production of New Moon based on the second book (review here) in Stephenie Meyer’s internationally best-selling series.

Whether or not Catherine Hardwicke, who now, thanks to Twilight, becomes the female director with the biggest opening ever, will return is another question altogether. Hardwicke has said, “I want to be sure that it’s going to be done right. I don’t want to rush into it. It’s not like Friday the 13th or Halloween; you can’t just do it super fast and knock another one out. I want to understand their plans and all that.” Since the film easily surpassed the industry’s projected box office take of around $50 million, you can’t blame Summit for wanting to strike while the iron is hot. They only just commenced operations in April, 2007, and Twilight (which cost $37 million to produce) is their sixth release.

I think Paul Dergarabedian, president of Media By Numbers, summed up the Twilight phenomenon best: “Teen girls rule the earth. If you look back at the Hannah Montana movie, how well that did, and now this movie, the teen girl audience will never be ignored again or underestimated. It was always teen boys who were the coveted ones, but someone finally caught on to the idea that girls love movies, too, and if you create something that they’re into, that they’re passionate about, they will come out in big numbers and drive the box office.

Lord help us all.

Debi Moore

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  • Chainsaw

    To paraphrase Bill Hicks when he was talking about Billy Ray Cyrus, “Fuck him, and fuck you if that’s what you wanna lay with.”

  • frank_dracman

    Speechless.

  • DavidFullam

    As one adept reader here at DC said, “Fuck Twilight.”

  • Uncle Creepy

    Wait until you hear the DFF. Wow.

    • FilmCritic3000

      We’re all waiting with baited breath, good sir. When precisely will this manna from Mount Olympus be delivered to our tympanic membranes?

  • Agonistes

    Mommy, I’m scared.

  • Nomad

    I would like to re-imagine A Nightmare on Elm street as a doomed romance tale. Fredrick Kreuger is a misunderstood loner who loves to write poetry and paint pictures of little children. When a child goes missing in his community, his paintings are discovered, one being of the missing child, and the parents burn him alive in his hidden boiler room studio. Consequently, the little missing boy was hiding near that place and was revealed soon after the burning, making Fredrick’s guilt look that much more blatant. Now Fredrick has the chance to return from the grave through the dreams of the killer parent’s children, seeking their help to free his tortured artist’s soul, but they must overcome their own fears to be able to see Fredrick for who he really is and if their fears overcome them, it spells their doom. Now Kirsten, the only teen to survive Fredrick’s torment, is in a race against time to uncover the truth about what happened that night before more of her friends fall into the nightmare curse and through her love for Fredrick, save them all.

    “It’s times like these when I think of the words of Socrates when he said…I drank what?”

    • Rob

      That’s what the Platinum Dunes remake should be.

      • Rottenjesus

        Well, if PLATINUM OH MY FUCKING GOD THERE’S GRIT COMING OUT OF OUR COCKS DUNES want to make Jason “sympathetic” then Nomad’s NIGHTMARE re-imagining is not that far fetched. Nomad, don’t give those bastards any more ideas!

    • Caterpillar

      You forgot to mention that in this version he makes the razor-glove only in order to cut himself.

  • Blockbuster

    @Rotten: LOL. Nice.

  • Rottenjesus

    I would love to see the guys behind INSIDE to do the sequel.

    “What do you mean there’s too much blood and hard fucking? Don’t most American teenage girls like that kind of stuff now?”

  • FilmCritic3000

    I can see it now…

    “Look, rated PG horror films is where we’re at right now. We feel that PG-13 is too intense and the tween audience is telling us they’re the dominant force in the marketplace so that’s who we’ll be catering our films to for the forseeable future”, said Bob Honcho, studio head at Clueless Pictures.

    Mark my words. Gird your loins. And get ready for more cinematic “horror” offal.

    • Caterpillar

      If that’s what it takes to finally kill the SAW franchise then I think I’m OK with that.

      • PelusaMG

        I honestly do not know what it will take to kill the Saw franchise… Do you remember in “Back to the Future: Part 2″ where they go into the future and pass by a cinema showing the umpteenth Jaws movie?

        Well, right idea, just the wrong franchise!!!

        I would not bet against a Saw in 3D movie coming to a multiplex sometime soon either!!!

        • Rob

          You know, when I was reading the news/rumor about the Wolfman remake being possibly pushed to the thought, I was thinking “…yes, please do!” but that was more wishful thinking because then I’d be hoping they’d put it out on the same weekend as Saw VI, so that it could crush Saw VI on its opening weekend.

          If only.