For one of my assignments at uni I had to write a news story or interview piece off my own back - without the tutor telling me what to write about. I chose to write about how well the movie did in the UK compared to in the US, and what some British fans thought of it.
A few people from this site contributed to help me write this article, so I thought I would post it so that they could see it.
Hope everyone reading enjoys.
NB: Figures stated are those which the totals were at on Monday 5th January 2009.
Twilight, a movie adaptation of a popular young adult book by an American Mormon house wife, broke records in its opening weekend in the USA, and was welcomed with enthusiastic open arms in the UK.
Twilight made over $70 million (£47 million) at box office in its opening weekend in North America, the best opening weekend in 2008 since the opening of The Dark Knight. The film made nearly double the film’s budget, and gave director Catherine Hardwick (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) the biggest opening in history for a female director, record previously broken by Deep Impact director Mimi Leder. The success of the film over opening weekend made it possible for the sequel to Twilight, New Moon, to be given the green light.
Twilight, which came out in the UK on 19th December, topped the UK box office opening weekend, making £2.5 million, a huge success for a film adaptation of a book not as well known over here. The film’s total foreign gross as of 21st December was just under $70 million.
The fans can’t get enough. “The movie was absolutely amazing!” said Rosie Booth, 17, from Worchester. “I've seen it twice so far, and I am planning to see it many more times. All the actors and actresses were well suited for the parts they played and the music was fantastic.”
Sammi Walsh, 17, from Manchester agreed. “I think it stuck to the book very well. Most of the characters were exactly how I imagined them. The ballet studio scene was perfect, it couldn't have been done better. There were just a very few bits that were different, but I could get past them.”
Twilight, based on the best-selling novel by Stephenie Meyer, tells the tale of an ordinary 17-year-old girl, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), who moves to Forks, Washington, to live with her father. She becomes curious of a mysterious group of siblings who go to her school, the Cullens, stunningly beautiful people with very pale skin. She becomes enamoured by one in particular, Edward (Robert Pattinson), who she later finds out to be a “vegetarian” vampire who thirsts for her blood. The story then follows their relationship and the struggles they go through when a trio of evil vampires comes to town, intent on making Bella their next meal.
The film has put previously virtually unknown actors Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, The Messengers) and Brit Robert Pattinson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) in the spot light, who now have hordes of fans who screamed for them at the UK premiere.
“Rob Pattinson was perfect,” said Miss Walsh. “In the books, you instantly fall in love with Edward’s character. In the film, he has definitely been done justice.”
“Kristen Stewart played Bella excellently,” enthused Miss Booth. “She also had the right look for the role.”
Having a much loved book brought to the big screen is always a risk, as those who know it inside out will be quick to criticise, and the Twilight fans – who call themselves Twilighters - are no exception. The meadow scene is the pivotal moment in the book, where the main characters confess their love for each other, and it seems the film leaves more to be desired.
“They should have made the part about when Bella tells Edward she knows he's a vampire in the restaurant like it is in the book rather than in the meadow,” complained Miss Booth.
“The main thing that I think was wrong was the way in which Bella reveals that she knows Edward is a vampire,” Miss Walsh explains. “I feel that the way she acts is completely wrong to her character. She looks petrified, when as she states, she isn't scared of him.”
Twilight’s sequel, New Moon, is set to start filming in March, which will be directed by Chris Weitz, as Catherine Hardwick had to pull out because of timing issues. The question is, will New Moon turn out to be as popular as Twilight? It looks likely.
“I’ll definitely go to see New Moon,” said Miss Walsh. “I loved the way Twilight ends, showing people that there will be a sequel. It makes you want to go and watch it.”
“The whole book series and the movie have changed my life, so I will be seeing New Moon,” Miss Booth said. “Yes, I'm a Twilighter and proud of it!”
A great start for what looks to be a very popular franchise.