The ‘Twilight’ saga is taking the world by storm, and with the release of ’Eclipse’ this past weekend, the box office is sure to make millions. Critics are saying that this was one of the best movies in the saga so far, even before the original with ‘Twilight’. Eclipse took to the box office June 30th with midnight showings, and created the biggest uproar of fangirls I have ever seen!
In chicago, where I went to the midnight showing with my family and friends, the lines were already starting to form at 5 o’clock on the button when I went over to the theater to buy tickets for the midnight show.
So how did ’Eclipse’ do in numbers?
The Hollywood insider Nicole Sperling, with Ew.com tells us that The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is a box office monster, nabbing the new record for biggest single-day Wednesday opening gross with $68.5 million (including $30 million earned from Tuesday night’s midnight shows). That tops Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen‘s previous record of $62 million during its Wednesday opening last summer. But Summit has even more reason to smile: Exit pollster Cinemascore has given the film an “A” from audiences. That bodes very well for Eclipse, which is the first film in the Twilight Saga to open in the summer. Eclipse opened in 4,416 theaters Wednesday, and will play in a total of 4,468 theaters this weekend, which sets another record: the widest opening ever in the U.S. (Iron Man 2 and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince played in 4,390 and 4,445 theaters, respectively.)
My ‘Twilight’ story…
Everyone has a story of how they got into ’Twilight’ its like an epiphany. When I first found out about ‘Twilight’ it was because I saw the movie first. I immediately fell in love with Edward, and I saw it so many times in the theater I think I paid Robert Pattinson’s mortgage in 2009. After that I read the books, and they were all amazing. I was immediately a Edward girl. I loved everything about ‘Twilight’ and the connection that Bella felt for Edward was something only the movies could explain. Stephanie Meyer did such a fantastic job in her writing style, the books were soon beloved by many. Young and old… Everyone could relate to them, and the feelings that Bella and Edward brought to life in many of us.
Team Jacob? Team Edward?
My favorite book was ‘New moon’ (and with that my loyalties to Edward changed) so when I heard that they were coming out with another new addition to the ‘Twilight’ saga I was ecstatic! We raced to the theater again to see the midnight showing… only to find out that I was no longer an Edward girl. Jacob (who later reminded me of the sunshine in my life) made me realise that it’s not about mystery and attraction. Sometimes love is about sunny days, and bright smiles, dimples, and warmth. Jacob took new moon by storm for me, and my fave book soon turned into my least fave movie. I don’t know what happened to ‘New moon’ but I was not impressed, and it left me not looking forward to ‘Eclipse’ at all. Until I went out to see it… and my opinion changed.
Making books into movies…
There are few books that, when made into movies, meet the expectations that readers. And what’s worse, as more movies are made, they slaughter their legacies even more. The ‘Twilight’ Saga, ’Eclipse’ is the exception to that rule. While dedicated readers of the series felt that the first movie ‘Twilight’ did its novel counterpart little justice… it still created an enthusiastic following. ‘Eclipse’ is a little better than ‘Twilight’ and a lot better than ‘New moon’ on my opinion.
‘Eclipse’ a great adventure!
From the awesome fight scenes to the quirky sense of humor from Jasper I was really pleased with how they kept the important parts of the book important, and cut out the scenes that needed a little less description. I loved how they told the backstories of how the Cullen’s became vampires, and the Quileute campfire. For me the favorite scenes were when the werewolves and the vampires worked together… and the fight scene in that field/clearing was fantastic! There were so many good points to this one I really couldn’t point them all out. Maybe you will have to go see ’Eclipse’ for yourself! I give it “Two Thumbs up!”