Anyone who heard the contagious enthusiasm in fans' voices, watched some of them arrive in costume for a preview or lug homework to AMC-Loews on Thursday hours before the midnight shows, knew "Twilight" would be a blockbuster. Early figures confirm that, which is why Summit Entertainment has given the go-ahead for a movie based on "New Moon," the second novel in the four-book series.
Variety reported that news today, less than an hour after the trade publication's website said "Twilight" grossed $35.7 million on Friday. Catherine Hardwicke just proved female directors can deliver the goods, which also is reason to cheer.
When I spoke to actor Robert Pattinson (he plays vampire Edward Cullen, of course) before his King of Prussia appearance, I asked about his involvement with sequels and he said, "I'm committed to the next two, if they happen." At least one is about to happen.