Saturday, July 13, 2024

Vampires Breaking Record: Twilight $72 Million Friday


A sucker is born every minute. Who said that? PT Barnum? Stephenie Meyer? “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Pt.1” has taken in $72 million since midnight Thursday. That breaks some kind of record, for the most people willing to see something awful during a recession. Something like that. Well, congrats to Summit Entertainment. They’ve effectively turned film into product. The only good thing to be said for “Breaking Dawn” is that Bill Condon directed it. He’s gone from an Oscar for “Gods and Monsters” to “Chicago” to “Dreamgirls” to this and at least given Meyer’s oeuvre some respectability. Give the people what they want! In other news, Johnny Depp’s “Rum Diary” is dead and dying with $12 million, and Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” is bottoming out with a total of $34 million by the end of tomorrow. Maybe they should have included vampires. Vampires! Where is George Hamilton when you need him? It’s time for “Love at First Bite, Breaking Wind, Pt. 1,” George.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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