The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some sensuality
Length: 124 minutes
Released: September 10, 2010 Nationwide (Re-release)
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Peter Facinelli
Director: David Slade
Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Karen Rosenfelt
Writer: Melissa Rosenberg
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Tatiana Dacruz, 12, carried a “Twilight” bag to school with pride. She read all the books and built a mini shrine to her favorite movie/book collection about the romance between a young girl and a brooding vampire. She owns about 20 posters and a life size cut-out of her favorite character, the alluring and mysterious love interest vampire, Edward.
Dacruz said she kept buying “Twilight” memorabilia even when the trend declined among her friends. She saw the midnight screening of every film released so far and this June 30 will not be any different.
“I read the first book twice,” Dacruz said, decked out in her Edward shirt and ripped black jeans, “I even got my mom to read the books. We can never wait, so we always see it at midnight.”
“Eclipse,” the latest and third installment of the “Twilight” movies will open at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. According to Variety Magazine, the second movie in the “Twilight” franchise, “New Moon,” grossed $26.3 million on its midnight showing the fall of 2009, the most any film has ever earned at a midnight premiere.
Local theaters are betting on the same success for “Eclipse,” with several cinemas offering midnight showings of the film and some featuring it on multiple screens. The Regal Hollywood 20 in Naples has it on four screens; the Regal Gulf Town Center 16 in Fort Myers is showing it on five regular screens and one IMAX.
For those who can’t get enough vampire love, both theaters are also showing the first and second “Twilight” movies before the midnight premiere of “Eclipse.”
The Silverspot Theater at the Mercato has the midnight premiere on two screens. The Pavilion Cinemas and Town Center 6 each have a showing. The Marco Movie Theater and its sister theater in Fort Myers Beach also have a showing.
The Marco Island Parks & Recreation Teen Center is even arranging a field trip to take fans to the screening.
“The ‘Twilight’ movies usually have a loyal following among young people, so we are expecting ‘Eclipse’ to do as well as ‘New Moon,’” said Bob Cunningham, the director of operations for Suick Theaters, which owns the Pavilion and the Naples Town Center 6.
Cunningham said he plans on wearing fake fangs to the premiere, joining the teens who come and show off their “Twilight” themed memorabilia. Some paint their faces white to resemble the pale-looking vampire characters.
Athough the highly anticipated “New Moon” scored big numbers last year, this summer’s big sequels have not come close. Cunningham said “Iron Man 2’s” numbers were only half the first and “Sex and the City 2” fell way short of expectations. But that’s a turn in a recent trend that has seen sequels dominate the box office. Two years ago “The Dark Knight” reigned supreme, and big budget sequels for the “Harry Potter” franchise have continued to bring in a mint.
“The economy has taken a toll on movie sales,” said Nick Campo, the general manager for the Marco Island and Fort Meyers Beach theaters, “We expected low numbers for the sequels that opened, but we hope ‘Eclipse’ will not do the same.”
Follow-ups geared toward a younger crowd and families are doing better, but not always as well as expected Campo said “Shrek Forever After,” which is the fourth movie in the “Shrek” franchise based on a fairy tale about a goodhearted green ogre and his friends has been the best-selling among follow-ups this summer. Still, it did not get the same attendance as the previous one, “Shrek the Third.”
But the tide could be turning. “Toy Story 3” opened last weekend to $109 million, and “Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” opening July 30, is also expected to do well.
“G and PG rated movies are the most popular because the whole family can come out,” Campo said.
Local cinema owners are not sure how well “Eclipse” will perform because it does not fall under either the family or adult category, but one thing is sure: Die-hard fans like Dacruz will be at the theaters.
“I’m excited to see the movie,” Dacruz said, “I’m looking forward to the jealousy, the romance and, of course, Edward.”