‘Twilight’ Draws Biggest Box Office Blood

Twilight fans will be pleased to know that they’ve led their heroically romantic vampires to the top of the weekend box office, taking in almost $71 million and setting a new record for the highest opening ever for a female director.

The vampire romance “Twilight” drained the box office in its opening weekend, taking in $70.6 million.

Catherine Hardwicke’s film also enjoyed the biggest opening ever for a female director, blowing away the previous standard of $41.1 million set by Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact” in 1998.

Drawing from its huge fan base of teenage girls, who fell for Stephenie Meyer’s novel of forbidden love between brooding vampire Edward Cullen and bookish high schooler Bella Swan, “Twilight” made a whopping $20,636 per theater, according to Sunday morning estimates.

And, as NowPublic previously reported, Summit Entertainment, which released Twilight, confirmed on the weekend that a sequel will be made and announced that a film adaptation of ‘New Moon’ has been given the greenlight.

Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio is officially moving forward with the production of NEW MOON, the second installment of its filmed franchise TWILIGHT, the action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The movie will be based on the second novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series titled, New Moon. The first movie in the TWILIGHT franchise, the self-titled TWILIGHT, arrived in theaters this weekend to sold-out showings.

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