On Friday Twilight was released in the US and earned a whooping $35.7 million, which was the second biggest opening day gross outside of summer after Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which grossed $40.4 million on its first Friday in November 2005. After those big numbers it doesn’t really matter whether it was any good or not (it has a Rotten 44% on Rotten Tomatoes), therefore Summit Entertainment are moving forward with the sequel, New Moon.
From the press release:
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.
Stephenie Meyer stated, “I don’t think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment. I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on NEW MOON.”