Robert Pattinson, as Edward Cullen, is featured on the cover of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Twilighters, take note, R. Pattz’s cover is one of three collector’s covers that is being published this week. No word on who or what is on the other two covers but I suspect that Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan will prolly have her own cover as well. Here is Rob’s cover and a portion of the mag’s coverstory:
The last thing the filmmakers behind Twilight want to hear is that their movie is the next Harry Potter. Sure, it occupies the release date once held by the boy wizard. But while the seven-book Potter series has sold 400 million copies and generated $4.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts, Twilight is working off a global fan base that has purchased only 17 million books. ”We’re not even 5 percent of Potter sales. We’re not even a toenail on that body,” says director Catherine Hardwicke. ”Ours is a character film, a little more sophisticated teenage Romeo and Juliet.” But Twilight is likely to be anything but a tragedy for Summit Entertainment, the fledgling studio behind the film … Twilight — a possible four-film franchise — could transform Summit into a real player. To hit it big, though, the vampire romance needs to lure moviegoers beyond the series’ core fans. Teenage boys are an obvious target, and Hardwicke has peppered her film with gravity-defying fight scenes. ”There are action sequences in the book, and as a director, you want to make everything more cinematic,” she says. Early tracking of the movie suggests that tween boys like the Cullen vampires almost as much as girls do. That should help Twilight reach at least a $20 million opening weekend — the number the studio probably needs to please in-house accountants. What it requires to greenlight the sequel, New Moon, is another story. Summit won’t comment, but Hardwicke guesstimates Twilight must gross $150 million for the studio to approve a follow-up, which will require extensive special effects and location shooting. ”This has to be a crazy hit,” she says. ”Nobody can say that it can do that well right now.”
I am pretty confident Twilight will make more than $20 million bucks in its opening weekend. I think it’s wise to downplay how the movie may do before it actually opens (so as not to look foolish down the line) but I predict that the movie will be a big hit. Twilighters strike me as the kind of fans that would go back to see the movie over and over and over again. I’m not worried about the movie’s success at all … unless the filmmakers totally botch the story. Angering said Twilighers would kill the movie faster than a stake thru the heart. Author Stephanie Meyer says she loves the movie so … what more endorsement do they need? Big hit, I’m sure of it. In fact, my guess is that it will be a *dazzling* weekend at the box office come November 21. So my question to all y’all is … Edward gets one of the collectible EW covers and I think it’s a safe assumption to think Bella will get her own cover … but who get’s the third? Is it worth getting all three?