The Twilight Saga will rule the North American box office this weekend. Well, in a manner of speaking. Fans are already lining up days before the world premiere of Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, but that's not what I'm talking about, either.
Two Twilight-connected performers have top roles in this weekend's box office champion, Tarsem Singh's Immortals: Henry Cavill, who happened to be author Stephenie Meyer's original choice for the role of Edward Cullen (which went to a guy named Robert Pattinson), and Kellan Lutz, who plays Edward's big brother Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga movies.
Distributed by Relativity Media, which is also handling Singh's upcoming Snow White project Mirror Mirror, the R-rated Immortals features Greek gods fighting, romancing, and showing off their pecs and other physical endowments. That seems to be what moviegoers want today: the adventure epic earned about $13.5-$14 million on Veteran's Day Friday (including $1.4 million from Thursday midnight showings) according to The Hollywood Reporter. That should translate into approximately $33-$35 million for the weekend, or about $8-$10 million more than indicated by (often unreliable) tracking.
Good news for Hollywood? Absolutely. But Nikki Finke puts things in perspective at Deadline.com, when she remarks that Zack Snyder's 300 took in $70.88 million (not adjusted for inflation) when it opened in early March 2007. (Coincidentally, Snyder is directing Man of Steel, which stars Cavill as Superman.)
Also worth noting: 300 cost a reported (and unadjusted) $65m; Immortals cost $75 million, as per Deadline. Unlike 300, Immortals has the advantage of 3D surcharges; you'll need to shell out more dough for 3D glasses at 70 percent of the 3,112 theaters showing the film.
In addition to Cavill and Lutz, Immortals features Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen McHattie, Isabel Lucas, Daniel Sharman, and Joseph Morgan.
Immortals picture: Jan Thijs / Relativity Media.