Box office braces for big bite
With its message of love-bitten teenage desperation, the sequel is set for a huge opening weekend
fans turned out for New Moon midnight screenings last Friday.
Rory Tyson, national sales manager for Nu Metro Films said 84 089 tickets were pre-booked for the film, the highest pre-sales figure ever recorded in South Africa.
“Including the midnight screenings, and the sneak previews this week, New Moon has already taken R1.5 million ahead of its national release yesterday,” Tyson said.
Twilight made $384 million (R2.8 billion) at worldwide box offices with its tale of high school student Bella (Stewart) falling in love with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). But in New Moon he breaks her heart and leaves for Italy.
Months pass as Bella sits despondent at her window during the day and screams in her bed at night, finding solace with her friend Jacob Black, a werewolf.
Later, when an unexpected visitor tells Bella that Edward is in danger, she flies to Italy to save him.
When asked if Bella’s actions set a bad example for the 13-year-old girls who will be a big part of its audience, Stewart said she thought the film’s message was a good one.
“Be extreme. Go for it. I think that’s the point. I know that this is a movie about immortality and mortality but, like, you live once.”
The Twilight films are based on books by Stephenie Meyer. Many fans of the books are teenage girls, or younger, who identify with Bella.
“She has a lot of really innate female qualities,” Stewart said. “For a character in literature, I think it’s awesome that so many girls can look up to her, because she’s fickle and unabashedly (so).”
In the books and films, Bella and Edward debate whether he should turn her into a vampire.
While Stewart has her view on the film’s message, New Moon director Chris Weitz differs.
“I’m going to use this word: sexuality. Which is okay to use because really the message of these films is that it’s a very important thing, and these are actually quite traditional in their values,” Weitz said.
“When Edward is thinking about whether to turn Bella into a vampire, he’s taking this issue very seriously, the way that you might take sex seriously, or that you might ask teenagers to take it seriously,” he said. – Reuters