Saturday, July 17, 2010
NOTE: Previous box office totals for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse are posted HERE.
UPDATE SATURDAY, JULY 17 2:30 PM:
Final box office estimates are in for Friday, July 16. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse took in $4.5M from 4,001 domestic locations for a per theater average of $1,125. This represents a 30.8% increase from Thursday and a 59.3% decrease from last Friday. Eclipse now has a cumulative domestic total of $255.871M after 17 days in release.
It comes in fourth place behind Inception, which opens with $21.645M at 3,792 locations, Despicable Mewith $10.05M, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice with $5.4M. Toy Story 3 rounds out the top five. Adding in overseas returns of $219M givesEclipse a current worldwide total of $474.871M.
For those comparing the films in The Twilight Saga, it should be noted that Eclipse is once again ahead of New Moon in cumulative domestic totals over time. At this point in its release history (after 17 days) New Moon had taken in $255,363,052. Eclipse is now at $255.871M. Both films hit the $250M mark on the 16th day.
Keeping track of records, the film with the least number of days to reach $250M was The Dark Knight, which hit $261,847,503 after eight days. New Moon is in 13th place, having taken 16 days to reach $251,530,186. Eclipse lands just behind it in 14th place, taking 16 days to reach $251,371,417. This puts the film ahead of Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and Iron Man 2, which all took 17 days to hit $250M.
So far, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has set all-time box office records for Opening Wednesdays, Single Day Wednesday Gross (non-adjusted), and Single Day Wednesday Gross (adjusted for inflation). It is in second place for Opening Day Gross, Single Day Gross, and Non-Opening Thursday Gross. Release records include Widest Releases, Widest Independent Releases, Widest Opening Independent Releases, Widest PG-13 Rated Openings, and Widest PG-13 Rated Releases.
There's been quite a bit of discussion online regarding the film's box office success. In particular, I wonder about the fairness of comparing the Twilight films against each other. The validity of judging Eclipse vs. New Moon is questionable given their strikingly different release schedules. As I've been saying since it opened, the idea was not to compete against or beat New Moon's early numbers. That may be a goal of some people but the idea is to make money, and maybe set some records in the process.
First, there is no way that a "weekend" that begins on a Wednesday can be compared to a "normal" 3-day weekend (when New Moonopened). At that point New Moon had been in theaters 10 days while Eclipse had been out for 12 days. So any comparison between the two based on how many "weekends" it's been out simply isn't valid. Next, look at the time of year the two films were released. New Mooncame out during the Thanksgiving-Christmas holiday season. It's a big time of year for Hollywood but still doesn't compare to summer, when they put out their "tentpole" films -- the potential blockbusters that will keep the studios in the black for another year. Thecompetition is much more fierce beginning Memorial Day weekend through the 4th of July. It's simply a different marketplace.
Is Summit happy with the first days' box office returns? I don't know but I'm fairly sure they must be. Again, the goal was not to "beat New Moon." That may be something the press or some others will latch on to but it's simply not a fair comparison. It was very easy to compareTwilight to New Moon since they opened at the same time one year apart. Not so much New Moon to Eclipse. It would make more sense to wait another week...or a few...or a month or more...before starting to compare the two. Better yet, I think it's wise to just see how the film does over time in its own right.
Melissa Rosenberg, who turned the Twilight novels into the blockbuster Twilight Saga films, is setting out toplease many Twi-hards with the Saga's final Breaking Dawn films.
“I don’t think we’re planning to shy away from anything,” she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I think the birth should be as horrifying as it is in the novel. The sex scenes should be as scintillating as they are in the novel, as erotic as they are in the novel. All of it, I think we should see all of it.”
Rosenberg made her comments to reporter Bruce Reynolds at a recent event titled ‘An Evening With Melissa Rosenberg’ in Los Angeles, presented by the Writers Guild Foundation.
The scribe also teased a few details about where she plans to split the two films, “I can tell you that the break between the two movies will be somewhere around from her transition from a human, pregnant, newly-wed, to her being a vampire and a parent. Somewhere right in there we’ll find the break.” She jokes, “Where specifically? I’m not sure or I’m just not saying.”
What about Bella and Edward’s nuptials? Will it live up to fan’s expectations? According to Rosenberg, “We want it to be just a beautiful, lush, epic wedding. And I think it will be.”
You didn't think you'd make it through the week here totally Twilight-free did ya?
True, that may have been our intent, but when we saw the most recent pics of Robert Pattinson taking a smoke break on the studio back-lot of Water for Elephants we could not pass them up. Boyfriend is looking good!
Sorry, the brooding thing works so much better in real life than on screen sometimes.
But can you tell from the picture what's wrong with Rob? His expression says it all:
"Oops, I forgot my tuxedo trousers were un-buttoned and now all these paparazzi are here."
What did you think we were gonna say? Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson broke up?
Unfortunately to the dismay of many tabloids that is not the case (neither is a wedding though, sorry). In fact, before Rob realized paps had found him, photogs say RP was "in a good mood, snapping his fingers and singing a little tune for the crew. "
Just in case you need it reiterated that's also not because Pattinson is relieved Kristen is out of the picture.
Just because Kris wasn't by Rob's side at his most recent outing to Hotel Café to watch pal Sam Bradley perform doesn't mean there's trouble at lovers lane. It means she's getting down to work for her new role in On the Road which she is prepping for as we type.
So sit back, relax, and just enjoy Pattinson's hotness (drama free) as you head into the weekend. Know Team Awful is!
Friday, July 16, 2010
With a fandom as large as "The Twilight Saga's," it's really hard for the mainstream media to conduct interviews that do the fans proud. Thus why Stephenie Meyer went the J.K. Rowling route back in May when she decided to invite four "Twilight" fansites to L.A. to ask her the in-depth, specific questions the fans wanted answered that would probably never get asked otherwise.
The four-hour interview was conducted June 18, and bits and pieces of it have been released from the sites ever since.
The latest comes to us from TwiFans, who posted the part of the interview in which Stephenie talks about the choice to be named as a producer on "Breaking Dawn." It's interesting hearing what Stephenie had to say about it, especially when she said she wasn't sure if she wanted "Breaking Dawn" to be adapted into film.
"'Breaking Dawn' is tricky. It’s real tricky," Stephenie said. "Now, I feel like we have more of a handle on it. Because the script and with Bill Condon. I am more calm, but originally, I was very much on the fence. Maybe we shouldn’t make this into a movie, ya know. Some things can’t be made into a movie and come across exactly the right way. So it was a big struggle for me to go forward."
This could explain part of why it took so long for Summit to make any announcements about "Breaking Dawn," because it seems like it took them a while to get Stephenie on board (we had our own reservations about the film as well).
As she said above, she became calmer after director Bill Condon came on board, but she also said in the interview that she felt more comfortable once she became a producer because she can be on set every day.
Stephenie admitted that her participation in the creation of the "Eclipse" film was on par with producing it, but with "Breaking Dawn" she'll have the official title. "I was very much involved with the script and a lot of the choices. So [producing 'Breaking Dawn' is] not a huge difference, but it’ll be really, an interesting experience," she said in the interview.
One of Stephenie Meyer's stories we would love to see make it to the big screen, however, is her fanfiction for "Breaking Dawn" called "Breaking Down." Apparently it came out of her nervousness for creating a final installment of "The Twilight Saga" that everyone would love, so she decided "to write something that everybody hates and then leak it."
How does "Breaking Down" differ from "Breaking Dawn"? Well, Jacob killed Alice, Charlie was a meth addict and got killed by drug dealers, Lauren Mallory won "America's Next Top Model" and Bella and Mike Newton got married, but he divorced her for Eric Yorkie. Oh, and Bella dies at the end. What's kind of funny is that "Breaking Dawn" ended up being just as bizarre in its own right. Still, we'd love to see fans tackle a film version of "Breaking Down" some day.