If Twilight Bites, So Will Holiday Box Office

Season's hopes on vampire's back
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2008 3:23 PM CST

(Newser) – The holiday season’s best hope for a blockbuster is a teen vampire romance flick from an obscure studio, MarketWatch reports. With Harry Potter pushed to next summer, this holiday season is pretty much bereft of a proven franchise. But Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer’s mega-selling books, has the potential to fill the void and seems poised for a huge opening weekend on Nov. 21.

Twilight has already sold out almost 100 showtimes for its debut. “I think Twilight is going to be a big, big hit,” predicts one box office tracker. If it keeps drawing crowds through December, it will bode well for the rest of Hollywood’s offerings. But the studio behind the flick, Summit Entertainment, has a thin resume. None of its four previous movies has done well; its best, Never Back Down, made just $30 million globally.