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'Vampires Suck' Sinks & Tom Cruise $200 Million 'Flop'

Tom Cruise Cameron Diaz Knight and Day
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in James Mangold's action comedy-thriller Knight and Day

Aug. 26 '10 update: Tom Cruise's vehicle Knight and Day was labeled a “belly-up flop” in the United States because it opened in late June with $20.1 million on its initial weekend (the spy caper had been out since Wed. that week). Not helping matters was Cruise's reputation as a Couch-Jumping Scientologist.

Its run is almost over, Tom Cruise's “flop” has taken in nearly $76 million at the domestic box office. Not a bad figure, though a disappointment considering the film's $117 million production cost (not including marketing/distribution expenses).

However, Knight and Day has scored $146.5 million overseas, where apparently people don't care about Cruise's religious beliefs or where he chooses to do his calisthenics. The film's worldwide total to date is $222.27 million, placing it at no. 17 among 2010 releases.

Not bad at all for a belly-up flop.

Photo: Knight and Day (Frank Masi / 20th Century Fox)

The Last Exorcism, Daniel Stamm

Lionsgate's The Last Exorcism (above), a mock-cinéma vérité horror/humor tale about a possessed teenager, debuts on midnight Thursday. Directed by Daniel Stamm and produced by Eli Roth, The Last Exorcism is expected to be the weekend's top grosser by most pundits, collecting anywhere between $13–$17 million (apparently these figures include the midnight screenings).

The heist thriller Takers, with Idris Elba, Paul Walker, Chris Brown, and Matt Dillon, should land at no. 2. (EW has it a no. 1.) Estimates for this one vary widely, going from $7 million to $15.5 million.

Considering the competition from Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables and from the Avatar rerelease, I'd say that something closer to $10 million would be more likely. We'll see.

At no. 3, The Expendables, another Lionsgate release and the top attraction in the last couple of weeks, is expected to collect ca. $8.5m-$10 million on its third weekend out. If so, that would represent a smaller drop than last weekend's.

As I've mentioned before, The Expendables could be another Grown Ups: it lies low during the week but jumps up on weekends. It could also be that pundits are being overoptimistic and that The Expendables will gross something closer to $7.5m-$8 million.

The Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romance Eat Pray Love is expected to gross $5.5-$8 million at no. 4.

Fifth place will likely go to:

The Other Guys or the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck with about $5-$6 million…

or

… Avatar: The Special Edition, featuring nine more minutes in Na'vi land – that's Pandora – should pull in those who've watched James Cameron's blockbuster only 15 times and who are willing to shell out more dollars than they would have a mere six months ago.

Just like everything else, 3D ticket prices ain't what they used to be. Estimates for the new and maybe improved (or maybe just longer) Avatar hover around $3-$8.5 million at 811 3D screens.

Lottery Ticket, Piranha 3D, and Nanny McPhee Returns are next in line with $4-$5 million.

If those predictions are correct, expect a sizable box office tumble in relation to last year, when The Final Destination took in $27 million, followed by Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds with $19 million and Halloween 2 with $16 million.

Sources: Hollywood.com, boxofficeguru.com, boxoffice.com, EW.com, blogcritics.org.

Photo: The Last Exorcism (Lionsgate)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception
Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan's Inception

Just barely atop Thursday's (Aug. 26, '10) box office wusses was Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables with $1.48 million – down 10 percent from Wednesday. Close on its heels, Eat Pray Love earned $1.47 million at no. 2, according to Box Office Mojo.

At no. 3 was the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys with $900,000 on Day 21 – below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time.

Up on spot, the Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio sci-fier Inception took in $792,000 at no. 4.

Next in line was Piranha 3D, with Richard Dreyfuss and Elisabeth Shue, collecting $845,000 at no. 5 – up two spots from Wed.

The no. 6 movie was the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck with $712,000, followed by Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman's The Switch with $684,000.

Down four spots, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns, which also features Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ralph Fiennes, pulled in $681,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $591,000, Lottery Ticket with $531,000, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me with $457,000, Jay Roach's Dinner for Schmucks with $337,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World posted the smallest Wednesday-to-Thursday drop-off rate, down 6.7 percent. Nanny McPhee Returns had the highest, down 23.4 percent.

Photos: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.).

Aug. 22

Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, The Switch
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, The Switch

Wednesday, Aug. 25, wasn't a great day at the North American box office. Attendance was down 21.5 percent in relation to Tuesday and a huge 45 percent in relation to the previous Wednesday, according to figures found at boxofficemojo.com.

Additionally, three movies fell below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time: Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns on Day 6, the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck on Day 8, and Alexandre Aja's Piranha 3D on Day 6.

Leading the pack of box office wimps was Sylvester Stallone's increasingly tired The Expendables with $1.64 million – down 21 percent from Tuesday and a whopping 54 percent from the week before. The Expendables will in all probability fall below the $1m-per-day mark next week after one last weekend surge.

At no. 2, the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco vehicle Eat Pray Love, which crossed the $50 million milestone on Tuesday, grossed $1.62 million, nearly closing the gap with Stallone's action flick.

At no. 3 was the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys with $1.04 million, followed by Nanny McPhee Returns — up four spots since Sunday – with $890k.

Also up four spots since Sunday, the sturdy Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio sci-fier Inception took in $890,000 at no. 5.

The no. 6 movie was Vampires Suck with $866,000. Next in line was Piranha 3D, with Richard Dreyfuss and Elisabeth Shue, which drew $845,000.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, The Switch was no. 8 with $789,000. (The Switch fell below the $1m-per-day mark on Monday.)

Rounding out the top twelve were Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $634,000, Lottery Ticket (down an alarming seven spots since Sunday) with a mere $606,000, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me with $559,000, Paul Rudd's Dinner for Schmucks with $378,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Eat Pray Love had the highest per-theater average, $526, followed by The Expendables' $502. Dinner for Schmucks had the lowest, $176.

Lottery Ticket, which had the highest average over the weekend, was down to no. 7, with $307.

Also among the top twelve, Inception posted the smallest Tuesday-to-Wednesday drop-off rate, down 11.6 percent. Vampires Suck had the highest, down 29.2 percent.

Photos: The Switch (Baster Productions / Miramax).

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Jerry O'Connell, Piranha 3D
Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee Returns
Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, The Switch
Jerry O'Connell, Piranha 3D (top); Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee Returns (middle); Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, The Switch (bottom)

At no. 3, new entry Lottery Ticket, featuring Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, and The Expendables' Terry Crews, pulled in $11.12 million at 1,973 venues for a better-than-expected 5,639 per-theater average, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Cost: $17 million.

Down two spots, the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys brought in another $10.1 million (down 42 percent) at no. 5. Total after three weekends: $88.19 million. Cost: $100 million.

Despite a number of positive reviews, Piranha 3D landed in sixth place, bringing in $10 million at 2,470 locations, and averaging a barely acceptable $4,063 per theater. Cost: $24 million.

Directed by Alexandre Aja, Piranha 3D features Richard Dreyfuss, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Adam Scott, Eli Roth, Jerry O'Connell, and Ving Rhames.

At no. 7, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns / Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, collected only $8.3 million at 2,784 venues, averaging a meager $2,985 per theater. In 2006, Nanny McPhee grossed $14.5 million, averaging $7,270 per theater.

On the positive side, the $35 million British-made production has already taken in $62.2 million overseas, including $23.57 million in the UK alone.

Also in the Nanny McPhee Returns cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, and Ewan McGregor. Susanna White directed.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, new entry The Switch landed at no. 8 with only $8.1 million at 2,012 sites, averaging $4,026 per theater.

For comparison's sake: Jennifer Aniston's The Bounty Hunter opened with $20.68 million earlier this year. Last year, Love Happens debuted with $8.05 million and went on to gross a paltry $22.9 million. Back in 2006, The Break-Up, which also featured Jason Bateman, opened with $39.17 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Christopher Nolan's Inception with $7.65 million (total: $261.8m; cost: $160m), Edgar Wright's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $5 million (total: $20.7m; cost: $60m), Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me with $4.3 million (total: $230.7m; cost: $69 million), Paul Rudd's Dinner for Schmucks with $3.5 million (total: $65.7m; cost: $69m).

Among the top twelve movies, Lottery Ticket had the highest per-theater average, $5,639. Dinner for Schmucks had the lowest, $1,631.

Also among the top twelve (excepting the five new entries), Inception posted the lowest drop-off rate, down 32.2 percent. The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World had the highest, down 52.6 percent.

Photos: Piranha 3D (Gene Page / Dimension Films); Nanny McPhee Returns (Universal Pictures); The Switch (Baster Productions / Miramax).

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, The Expendables
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, The Expendables (top); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception (bottom)

Sylvester Stallone's brainless The Expendables and Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio's brainy Inception are fighting for dominance at the international box office this weekend, according to Frank Segers in The Hollywood Reporter.

The winner remains up in the air because The Expendables was released by various local distributors, which makes tallying slower, whereas Inception was handled by Warner Bros.

The top movie internationally in the previous three weekends, Inception took in an estimated $21.5 million at 6,550 theaters in 59 territories.

Although The Expendables' final gross remains unclear, numbers for the UK and France have been a relatively solid, $5.7 million in the former (at 456 screens) and $5 million in the latter (number of screens not reported).

For comparison's sake, here are a few UK debut grosses in 2010:

Alice in Wonderland, $15.98m; Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang / Nanny McPhee Returns, $3.85m; Clash of the Titans, $8.64m; Robin Hood, $8.36m; The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, $20.73 million.

(Some of those figures include Thursday midnight screenings.)

The Expendables did less well in South Korea, opening in fifth place with $1.5 million at 265 theaters, and in Australia, with $1.6 million at 187 venues.

In Brazil, where Stallone spent time filming his action flick in 2009, The Expendables opened last weekend with $1.29 million at 179 locations, landing at no. 4 – behind Despicable Me, Inception, and new entry The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

That's a perfectly acceptable figure for that country ($7,209 per theater), where Stallone caused a furor of sorts following negative comments he made at Comic-Con.

Brazil / UK box office source: Box Office Mojo.

Photos: The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate); Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.).

Aug. 20

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart sex scene clothes EclipseKristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson 'sex scene' in 'Eclipse': Physical intimacy of the fully clothed variety.

Box office: Has 'Eclipse' truly surpassed 'New Moon'?

Down only 0.7 percent when compared to the previous day, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, and starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, collected $190,000 on Thursday, Aug. 19, '10, at the North American box office.

Totaling $296.64 million, Eclipse has finally (Day 51) officially passed its predecessor, Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon, at the domestic box office. New Moon, which opened in fall 2009, cumed at $296.62 million after 133 days.

But does “officially” mean “actually”?

Lies, damned lies and box office figures

Not adjusted for inflation or 3D/IMAX surcharges, Eclipse is at no. 35 on the Box Office Mojo chart of the top box office hits ever in the U.S. and Canada. New Moon is no. 36.

Adjusted for inflation, neither movie is to be found among the top 100. That particular chart begins with Victor Fleming's Gone with the Wind ($1.6 billion) and ends with Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 2 ($380.3 million).

'Eclipse' actually still trailing 'New Moon'

So, adjusted for higher ticket prices – using the National Association of Theater Owners' annual average – New Moon would have grossed $299.58 million in 2010 – nearly $3 million more than Eclipse's total to date. (And yes, I know these “averages” are iffy, but they do give you an idea about the inflation/3D/IMAX effect.)

Eclipse, for instance, was screened at 193 IMAX theaters in North America, which are about 30 percent more expensive than regular movie houses. In its first week out, Eclipse pulled in $9 million at those IMAX venues (the equivalent of approx. $6.9 million at a regular movie house). New Moon didn't have that revenue-inflating luxury.

For Eclipse to pass New Moon in number of tickets sold, it'll have to gross – and this is a guesstimate based on the information above – at least another $5–6 million domestically, or reach a cume of $302–$303 million. Chances are it'll get there and a little beyond before running its full course.

On Day 51, New Moon's total was $290 million. It added another $6 million in the following 82 days. Eclipse has lost steam this past week, but prior to that it was way ahead of New Moon in terms of box office stamina.

Movie cast

Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse features the following actors:

Bryce Dallas Howard. Peter Facinelli. Elizabeth Reaser. Xavier Samuel. Dakota Fanning. Kellan Lutz. Ashley Greene. Jackson Rathbone. Nikki Reed.

Booboo Stewart. Billy Burke. Daniel Cudmore. Michael Welch. Jodelle Ferland. Cameron Bright. Christian Serratos. Kirsten Prout.

Sarah Clarke. Charlie Bewley. Kiowa Gordon. Justin Chon. Julia Jones. Alex Meraz. Jack Huston. Chaske Spencer. Gil Birmingham.

Tinsel Korey. Leah Gibson. Tyson Houseman. Iris Quinn. Paul Jarrett. Justin Rain. Cainan Wiebe. Ben Geldreich. Alex Rice. Bronson Pelletier.

Best Actress Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace, 2004).

Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, 2009).

Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, New Moon) adapted this third installment of Stephenie Meyer's popular fantasy book series.

 

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Eclipse image: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

Matt Lanter, Vampires Suck
Matt Lanter as Edward Sullen in Vampires Suck

Aug. 22, '10, update: Early non-official estimates had Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck running neck and neck with Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables, but that proved to be inaccurate.

At no. 2, Vampires Suck drew $12.2 million (vs. $16.5 million for The Expendables), totaling $18.56 million after five days, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The film's per-theater average was a none-too-exciting $3,774 at 3,223 locations.

Starring Jenn Proske (as Kristen Stewart's human), Matt Lanter (as Robert Pattinson's vampire), and Chris Riggi (as Taylor Lautner's werewolf), Vampires Suck has one advantage over The Expendables: its low cost. After five days out, the Regency Enterprises/20th Century Fox comedy has nearly matched its $20 million budget.

Note: Vampires Suck no. 2 position is iffy, as the Julia Roberts vehicle Eat Pray Love pulled in an estimated $12 million at no. 3. Final figures will be released on Monday; there may be some switching around.

Photo: Vampires Suck (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox).

Julia Roberts, James Franco, Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts, James Franco, Eat Pray Love

Starring Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, and James Franco, Eat Pray Love earned $12 million this weekend, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

That's 48.1 percent less than what the Ryan Murphy-directed romantic tale took in a week ago. For a film geared to an adult female audience, that's a moderately high drop-off rate.

For comparison's sake:

A year ago, the Meryl Streep-Amy Adams vehicle Julie & Julia was down 39.8 percent on weekend no. 2. Streep's It's Complicated, which opened on Christmas weekend, was down a mere 14.9 percent on New Year Day's weekend. The Streep-Anne Hathaway 2006 dramatic comedy The Devil Wears Prada was down 45.5 percent on its second weekend, but that followed a pre-July 4th weekend.

This weekend, Eat Pray Love averaged a middling $3,894 at 3,082 locations. During the week, however, the Julia Roberts vehicle has been performing relatively well, nearly closing the gap with Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables this past Thursday ($2.668 million vs. $2.727m.)

To date, Eat Pray Love has grossed $47.1 million. The Columbia release should pass the $50 million milestone on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

At the domestic box office, there's no chance it'll gross the necessary $110m-$120 million to recoup its $60 million budget (not including marketing/distribution costs).

Note: As mentioned in my previous post, there may be some shuffling around once final figures are released on Monday. Eat Pray Love may end up at no. 2, ahead of Vampires Suck.

Photo: Eat Pray Love (François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures)

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Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, The Switch
Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, The Switch (bottom)

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables performed better than expected over the weekend, taking in nearly $17 million – $16.98 to be exact – at the domestic box office according to figures found at Box Office Mojo.

After a major tumble on Friday, Stallone's actioner featuring Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, and others, was ultimately down a perfectly acceptable 51 percent when compared to a week ago. The Expendables may turn out to be another Grown Ups – a movie that does relatively poor business during the week only to have a major surge on Saturday and Sunday.

At no. 2, the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck took in $12.2 million, followed by the Julia Roberts-James Franco-Javier Bardem vehicle Eat Pray Love with $12.1 million. Don't be too surprised if Eat Pray Love returns to the no. 2 spot in the next few days.

At no. 4, new entry Lottery Ticket, featuring Bow Wow, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, and The Expendables' Terry Crews, pulled in $10.65 million – or about 5 percent less than originally estimated.

Next was the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys with $10.16 million at no. 5.

Despite a number of positive reviews, Piranha 3D landed in sixth place, pulling in $10.1 million. Directed by Alexandre Aja, Piranha 3D features Richard Dreyfuss, Elisabeth Shue, Christopher Lloyd, Adam Scott, Eli Roth, Jerry O'Connell, and Ving Rhames.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, The Switch landed at no. 7 – one spot up from Sunday estimates – with $8.43 million.

At no. 8, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns / Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, collected $8.4 million. Also in the cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans, and Ewan McGregor. Susanna White directed.

Rounding out the top twelve were Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $7.83 million, Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $5.2 million, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me with $4.66 million, Steve Carell's Dinner for Schmucks with $3.52 million.

Among the top twelve movies, Lottery Ticket had the highest per-theater average, $5,399, followed by The Expendables' $5,189. Dinner for Schmucks had the lowest, $1,638.

Also among the top twelve (excepting the five new entries), Inception posted the smallest drop-off rate, a remarkably low down 30.5 percent. The Expendables had the highest, down 51.3 percent, followed by Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with down 51 percent.

Scott Pilgrim will in all probability be gone from the top twelve next weekend. Another major Universal flop.

Photos: The Switch (Baster Productions / Miramax).

Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, The Expendables

Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables topped the North American box office for the second weekend a row, easily beating Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck, as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo.

The Expendables collected an estimated $16.5 million on the Aug. 20-22 weekend, bringing its total to $64.89 million after ten days. Though hardly a phenomenal result – $5,046 per-theater average at 3,270 venues – it's actually better than some (including myself) had been predicting.

The violent actioner's drop-off rate was a perfectly acceptable down 52.6 percent. In fact, thanks to a 35 percent Saturday surge it was way better than the 60+ percent that seemed to be its fate following a major tumble on Friday.

The not-so-good news:

Lionsgate has about $60 million invested in the film – $20 million for the acquisition rights plus $40 million in marketing expenses. There's no chance The Expendables will gross $110m-$120 million at the North American box office in order to break even for its distributor. (The “breaking even” also depends on the type of contract Lionsgate has with the film's producing companies, Nu Image/Millennium Films/Rogue Marble, which may get a share of the box office gross.)

Another 50-55 percent drop next weekend, and The Expendables will take in only $7 million or so and $3.5 million the following weekend. It'll likely be on its last legs when (or if) it reaches $100 million domestically.

During this past week, it didn't perform all that well, twice falling behind Julia Roberts' Eat Pray Love in per-theater average and losing more than 30 percent of its audience from Monday to Thursday.

According to a report last Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, The Expendables cost $82 million, with about $50 million of its budget presumably covered by foreign pre-sales. Lionsgate is distributing the movie in the US, Canada, and the UK.

In addition to Sylvester Stallone, who also directed and co-wrote the flick, The Expendables features Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The muscle-less weekend was down 17.6 percent in relation to last weekend, and down 1.7 percent in relation to the same weekend last year, according to Hollywood.com.

Photo: The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate)

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Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Vampires Suck
Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Vampires Suck

Either the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck or the Sylvester Stallone actioner The Expendables was the top movie at the North American box office on Friday, Aug. 20, according to Nikki Finke at Deadline.com. Either one may be the weekend's winner as well – a very weak weekend, if I may add, despite five new major releases, none of which is expected to gross more than $15 million. (Note: Vampires Suck actually opened on Wednesday.)

A consensus may be reached on Saturday morning when studios announce their official Friday estimates. But then again, those official estimates will have to be readjusted when final weekend figures are released on Monday.

According to rough, early estimates found at Deadline, Vampires Suck collected $5 million on Friday. Weekend total is expected to hover around $14.5 million.

Right behind it was The Expendables with $4.8 million and about $14.5 million for the weekend. If Friday estimates are correct, Stallone's flick has lost most of its muscle, as its drop-off rate was an alarming 64 percent. For the weekend, the attendance decrease will be nearly as bad: around 60 percent.

Warner Bros.' Lottery Ticket, a comedy featuring Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, and Bow Wow, is the possible no. 3 movie with $3.7 million and about $11 million for the weekend.

Unless, that is, Eat Pray Love beats it. Or Piranha 3D.

The Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romance pulled in an estimated $3.6 million on Friday. In other words, right on the heels of Lottery Ticket. For the weekend, Eat Pray Love is expected to end in third, with $11.2 million.

At no. 5, Piranha 3D, despite some lively reviews, took in about $3.6 million on Friday. For the weekend: $10 million.

Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns' Friday take is supposed to be $3 million. Weekend: $9 million. Thompson's Nanny does much better business in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

The week's fifth new entry, the Jennifer Aniston-Jason Bateman comedy The Switch, brought in an estimated $2.8 million on Friday. For the weekend: a mere $8 million at 2,012 venues.

Photo: Vampires Suck (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox)

Sylvester Stallone, Giselle Itie, The Expendables
Vampires Suck
Sylvester Stallone, Giselle Itié, The Expendables (top); werewolf pack in Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer'sVampires Suck

Aug. 21, '10, update: Sylvester Stallone's violent actioner The Expendables was the top movie at the North American box office on Friday, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Early non-official estimates had the Twilight Saga spoof Vampires Suck as the top film.

Featuring Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Expendables took in $4.95 million, down a whopping 63 percent from a week ago. Yet, Stallone's throwback to the bloody '80s managed to pass the $50 million milestone. Total to date: $53.3 million.

Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's Vampires Suck scored $4.42 million in second place. The comedy stars Jenn Proske (as Kristen Stewart's human), Matt Lanter (as Robert Pattinson's vampire), and Chris Riggi (as Taylor Lautner's werewolf).

The jury is still out as to whether The Expendables or Vampires Suck will end up as the weekend's top flick. Not that it'll matter for the record books, as neither movie is expected to gross more than $15 million.

At no. 3, new entry Lottery Ticket pulled in $3.86 million at 1,973 venues for a passable 1,956 per-theater average.

Down two spots at no. 4, the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic vehicle Eat Pray Love grossed $3.75 million. Chances are that by Sunday evening it'll be the weekend's no. 3 film.

Another new entry that failed to cause much of a splash was Piranha 3D, which, in fifth place, earned $3.6 million at 2,470 locations, averaging a so-so 1,457 per theater.

Down two spots, the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys brought in $3 million at no. 6.

Starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, The Switch landed at no. 7 with $2.7 million, closely followed by another new entry, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns, with $2.69 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Leonardo DiCaprio's Inception with $2.15 million, Michael Cera's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $1.65 million, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me with $1.18 million, Steve Carell's Dinner for Schmucks with $1.08 million.

Before the weekend is over, there should be quite some shuffling around among the top twelve movies. And perhaps Angelina Jolie's spy thriller Salt, no. 13 on Friday, will find its way back onto the chart.

Among the top twelve movies, Lottery Ticket had the highest per-theater average, $1,956. Dinner for Schmucks had the lowest, $505.

Also among the top twelve (excepting the new entries), Vampires Suck posted the biggest Thursday-to-Friday attendance gains, up 88.5 percent. Despicable Me, which lost nearly 500 theaters, had the lowest, up 34.5 percent.

Photo: Vampires Suck (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox); The Expendables (Karen Ballard / Lionsgate).

Julia Roberts, Richard Jenkins, Eat Pray Love
Richard Jenkins, Julia Roberts in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love

New entry Vampires Suck, Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's spoof mingling elements from global idols Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner's Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, went from the top spot at the North American box office on opening day to the third spot on its second day out, Thursday, August 19. Not a very good sign for the comedy's longevity at theaters.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sylvester Stallone's violent actioner The Expendables, featuring Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, was once again the no. 1 movie, but those weapon-clad macho men are losing steam faster than most swishing girlie-boys.

With $2.72 million, The Expendables was down 31 percent since Monday. For comparison's sake: the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic vehicle Eat Pray Love was down only 22.4 percent. As a result, Eat Pray Love was right on The Expendables' heels, with $2.66 million. Additionally, Roberts once again defeated Stallone in the per-theater average match, $866 vs. $834.

Vampires Suck drew $2.34 million (down 41.6 percent), thus falling below the daily $1,000-per-theater mark on Day 2. The film stars Matt Lanter (as Robert Pattinson's brooding vampire), Chris Riggi (as Taylor Lautner's hunky werewolf), and Jenn Proske (as Kristen Stewart's clumsy human).

The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys scored $1.71 million at no. 4.

The Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception grossed $1.27 million at no. 5, followed by the Edgar Wright-Michael Cera effort Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $1.04 million at no. 6. On Monday, Scott Pilgrim will almost surely fall below the $1 million per day mark.

Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me was next with $880,000 at no. 7, having fallen below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 42. Next was Jon Chu's Step Up 3-D with $771,000 at no. 8.

Rounding out the top twelve were Paul Rudd's comedy Dinner for Schmucks with $750,000,Phillip Noyce's Salt with $688,000, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with $551,000, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 with $332,000.

Among the top twelve movies, Eat Pray Love had the highest per-theater average, $866. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore had the lowest, $222.

Every movie among the top twelve was down on Thursday. Among those, Salt posted the smallest Wednesday-to-Thursday drop-off rate, down 4.6 percent. Vampires Suck had by far the largest, the aforementioned down 41.6 percent, followed by Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with down 23.7 percent.

Photo: Eat Pray Love (François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures)

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Matt Lanter, Jenn Proske, Vampires Suck
Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Matt Lanter, Jenn Proske, Vampires Suck (top); Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (bottom)

New entry Vampires Suck, released by 20th Century Fox at 2,978 locations, usurped the throne of Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables at the North American box office on Wed., Aug. 18, according to Box Office Mojo.

Written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the Twilight Saga spoof pulled in $4.01 million for a not very impressive $1,349 per-theater average. Vampires Suck star Matt Lanter as Edward Sullen, Chris Riggi as Jacob White, and Jenn Proske as Becca Crane.

Also on Wed., The Twilight Saga: Eclipse grossed $191,000 at 1,212 locations. Directed by David Slade, and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Eclipse will most likely pass The Twilight Saga: New Moon today.

Eclipse's total currently stands at $296.45 million. The Chris Weitz-directed New Moon ended its run with $296.62 million.

Photos: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); Vampires Suck (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox).

Julia Roberts, elephant, Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts and elephant friend, Eat Pray Love

Directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables was the no. 2 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Wed., Aug. 18, with $3.02 million (a whopping 21.2 percent drop) according to Box Office Mojo.

Also in the action flick's cast: Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, David Zayas, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On Day 6, The Expendables averaged $926 per venue, thus falling below the daily $1,000-per-theater mark for the first time.

At no. 3, the Ryan Murphy-directed Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem romance Eat Pray Love took in $2.94 million, or $955 per venue – thus beating The Expendables' average for the first time since the two movies' Friday debut.

The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys scored $1.93 million at no. 4.

The Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception brought in $1.37 million at no. 5, followed by the Edgar Wright-Michael Cera effort Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with $1.14 million at no. 6.

Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me was next with $1.11 million at no. 7.

Down two spots, Jon Chu's Step Up 3-D (down a huge 28.5 percent) drew only $852,000 at no. 8, having fallen below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 13.

Rounding out the top twelve were Steve Carell's comedy Dinner for Schmucks with $818,000, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with $722,000, Angelina Jolie's Salt with $721,000, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 with $364,000.

Zac Efron's Charlie St. Cloud is gone from the top twelve. The sentimental romantic drama took in $244,000 at no. 13 on Wednesday.

Among the top twelve movies, Vampires Suck had the highest per-theater average, $1,349, followed by Eat Pray Love with $955. Dinner for Schmucks had the lowest, $269.

Also among the top twelve, Despicable Me posted the only Tuesday-to-Wednesday attendance gain, a minuscule up 0.2 percent. Step Up 3-D had the highest drop-off rate, the aforementioned down 28.5 percent.

Photo: Eat Pray Love (François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures)

Aug. 17

Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception
Ken Watanabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception

The big Monday news at the North American box office is that the Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception grossed $1.53 million at the no. 4 spot, thus barely (and I mean barely) passing the $250 million milestone on its 32nd day out, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Inception's total domestic gross currently stands at $250,001,841.

Will the Warner Bros. release be able to reach $300m?

Well, another “mid-30s” drop (as in 35 percent) next weekend, and Inception will gross about $7.5 million, and the following weekend something close to $4.5 million. It's going to start losing large chunks of theaters soon, too, which will inevitably translate into larger percentage drops.

At this point, $300 million looks like a far-off dream. But strangers things have happened. Perhaps it'll pass the $300 million mark after being rereleased during awards season later in the year/early next year?

Also in the Inception cast: Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Tom Berenger, and Tom Hardy.

Photo: Inception (Stephen Vaughan / Warner Bros.)

Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love

Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right
Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love (top); Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (middle); Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson in Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right (bottom)

At no. 1, Sylvester Stallone's actioner The Expendables earned $3.94 million at the North American box office on Monday, Aug. 16, according to Box Office Mojo.

Directed and co-written by Stallone, The Expendables, also stars Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, and David Zayas, and features Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At no. 2, the Ryan Murphy-directed Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem romance Eat Pray Love grossed $3.04 million, or $988 per venue – thus falling below the daily $1,000-per-theater mark on Day 4.

At no. 3, the Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys collected $2.26 million.

The Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception brought in $1.53 million at no. 4, while the Edgar Wright-Michael Cera effort Scott Pilgrim vs. the World drew $1.46 million at no. 5.

At no. 6, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me took in $1.09 million, followed by Jon Chu's Step Up 3-D with $1.05 million. Both movies will likely fall below the $1m-per-day mark some time this week.

Next in line at no. 8 was the Steve Carell-Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks with $956,000, thus falling below the $1m-per-day mark for the first time on Day 18. Total to date: $59.74 million.

Rounding out the top twelve were Angelina Jolie's Salt with $768,000, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with $710,000, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 with $390,000, Zac Efron's Charlie St. Cloud with $333,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Expendables had the highest per-theater average, $1,205. Charlie St. Cloud had the lowest, $160.

Also among the top twelve, Charlie St. Cloud posted the lowest Sunday-to-Monday drop-off rate, down 41.8 percent. The Expendables had the steepest, down 58.9 percent.

Also of note: directed by David Slade, the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner fantasy romance The Twilight Saga: Eclipse pulled in $214k for a grand total of $296.05 million. Eclipse should pass the domestic box office take of Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon on Thursday or Friday.

Lisa Cholodenko's family comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo, took in $171k on Monday. Its total to date is $16.89 million.

Photo: Eat Pray Love (François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures); The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment); The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features)

Aug. 19

Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind
Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Avatar
Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh in David O. Selznick's Gone with the Wind, directed by Victor Fleming (top); Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington in James Cameron's Avatar (bottom)

Gone with the Wind remains the no. 1 movie at the UK box office if a) box office success is measured by the number of tickets sold (as it logically should) b) estimates by the British Film Institute are accurate.

Released in 2004, the bfi list of biggest box office hits in the United Kingdom was topped by Gone with the Wind (1939), with an astounding 35 million tickets sold (that obviously includes reissues).

There's no chance Avatar, which grossed £83.2 million during its 2009-2010 run, could beat that figure. At £5.44 per ticket (UK average), even without factoring in 3D/IMAX surcharges, Avatar would have sold 15.29 million tickets, or less than half Gone with the Wind's total. (Maybe after a few rereleases Avatar will manage to close the gap some. Maybe.)

In fact, Avatar's 15.29 million tickets sold would place it at a lowly no. 18 on the list, behind the 1965 James Bond flick Thunderball and ahead of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. If 3D/IMAX surcharges (approx. 33 percent) are factored in, Avatar would be down at no. 50 or whereabouts, with ca. $10.1 million tickets sold.

Gone with the Wind's runners-up on the bfi list are: The Sound of Music (1965) with 30m, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) with 28 million, Stars Wars (1977) with close to 21 million, and Spring in Park Lane (1947) with 20.5 million.

Also on the top ten chart, in descending order: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Jungle Book (1967), Titanic (1997), The Wicked Lady (1946), and The Seventh Veil (1945).

Never heard of Spring in Park Lane, The Wicked Lady, or The Seventh Veil? Well, then it's time you became acquainted with classic British cinema.

Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Spring in Park Lane

Lovebirds Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding starred in Spring in Park Lane (right, and in two other top fifty films, The Courtneys of Curzon Street and Piccadilly Incident); Margaret Lockwood toplined The Wicked Lady; and The Seventh Veil solidified Ann Todd's and James Mason's stardom.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first Harry Potter flick on the list, at no. 11 with 17.56 million tickets sold.

Certainly, things have changed in the last six years. Here's hoping the bfi will update their list in the near future.

Also, according to this chart found at BBC.com, film attendance in the UK is currently 1/8 of what it was during the mid-'40s.

Photos: bfi; Avatar (WETA / 20th Century Fox)

Aug. 18 update

Julia Roberts, Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts as Liz Gilbert in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love

Sylvester Stallone's actioner The Expendables was once again the top movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Tuesday, Aug. 17, collecting $3.86 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Directed and co-written by Stallone, The Expendables, also stars Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, and David Zayas, and features Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

At no. 2, the Ryan Murphy-directed Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem romance Eat Pray Love took in $3.34 million, or $1,084 per venue – once again above the daily $1,000-per-theater mark and edging closer to The Expendables' $1,183 average.

The Will Ferrell-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy The Other Guys pulled in $2.23 million at no. 3.

The Christopher Nolan-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller/sci-fier Inception brought in $1.54 million at no. 4. It was followed by the Edgar Wright-Michael Cera effort Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which earned $1.43 million at no. 5.

Up one spot, Jon Chu's Step Up 3-D (up 13 percent) scored $1.19 million at no. 6.

Down one spot, Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud's Despicable Me drew $1.1 million at no. 7.

Next in line at no. 8 was the Steve Carell-Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks with $969,000.

Rounding out the top twelve were Angelina Jolie's Salt with $868,000, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore with $757,000, Lee Unkrich's Toy Story 3 with $369,000, Zac Efron's Charlie St. Cloud with $323,000.

Among the top twelve movies, The Expendables had the highest per-theater average, $1,183, closely followed by Eat Pray Love with $1,084. Charlie St. Cloud had the lowest, $155.

Also among the top twelve, Salt posted the highest Monday-to-Tuesday attendance gains, up 13 percent. Toy Story 3 had the highest drop-off rate, a minor down 5 percent. (Note: On Tuesday, five movies were slightly down; seven were slightly-to-moderately up.)

Directed by David Slade, the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart-Taylor Lautner fantasy romance The Twilight Saga: Eclipse grossed $211,000.

Photo: Eat Pray Love (François Duhamel / Columbia Pictures)


         
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20 Comments to 'Vampires Suck' Sinks & Tom Cruise $200 Million 'Flop'

  1. Republic Monetary

    I'm glad Sylvester Stallone did so well - I hope he continues to rule the summer box office wind up. The Expendables and Inception are the only movies with any box office draw, all due respect to Julia Roberts.

  2. Sarah

    Twilight sucks movie cost 20 million $.. and eard 4 million!! LOL

  3. Necro

    Certainly one of the biggest hits of the summer and estimated to make close to $700 mil or more worldwide - even if it (just barely) makes $300 here.

  4. Paul

    I sure hope this film becomes a big blockbuster.

    How many times do film producers squeeze out these brain-numbingly dumb films with the excuse that the average movie goer cannot appreciate anything original and clever?

    How many of the blockbusters aimed at adults in recent years are based on 80s TV shows, or kiddie cartoons, boy comics, video games, and toy merchandises?
    Star Wars, Star Trek, Charlie's Angels, Miami Vice, Spider-Man, Karate Kid, GI Joe, A Team, etc etc etc etc etc
    Is the average film buff nothing more than a mentally regressive Peter Pan?
    Doesn't that idea worry anybody?

    Inception is intelligent, visually brilliant, and has an absorbing story. IT IS NOT A SEQUEL, NOR A PREQUEL!!! It is a thoroughly engaging action film with substance. Let's hope “Inception” forces lazy movie producers to produce interesting projects by intelligent and visionary movie makers, to compensate for the regressive crap that's out there.

  5. DDM

    Loved it! Lot of laughs plus great action.

  6. Glynis

    I LOVED KNIGHT AND DAY!! I saw it three times. it was not marketed properly promoted( no one knew that it would very funny) in the states, but luckily that did not stop the International Box Office. BRAVO!!!

  7. ola

    yess… Eclipse is still there :)

  8. Joxe Arkaitz

    Its international Box Office is over $220m and it's not over yet, as it didn't open in some countries yet. So we could say it's an international success, like Valkyrie was. By the way most of my friends say Valkyrie was a great movie and I think that way myself. It was a very good movie.

  9. ashley

    Ladies, you have got to see the Expendables if you haven't already… hotties!!! No wonder it's the #1 movie in America!

  10. tushar

    write more and more

  11. Alberto

    Very good article. I liked it

  12. zac

    Doing fine? I wouldn't say that.

    Reasonably well, perhaps? I'm sure Sony was hoping for a better performance, as the movie opened at the lower end of expectations.

    I'm not sure it'll reach $75m-$80m. It depends on how it fares next weekend. Another +/- 50% attendance drop and it'll gross only $6m, and if that continues, then it'll be $3m, then $1.5m, and then it'll be all but gone.

    I wouldn't be surprised if “Eat Pray Love” ends its run at $65m-$70m tops. We'll see.

    The comparison to the Meryl Streep movies had to do with the fact that they were also geared to adult women. Though, of course, they were comedies (or mostly comedies).

    I believe “Eat Pray Love” would have fared much better had it opened in the fall. But the generally poor reviews didn't help. Comedies can overcome poor reviews; dramas have a much tougher time.

  13. Janine

    Ehh, Eat Pray Love is doing fine. It had the biggest opening for a chick flick in August ever and it will probably land in the 75-80 million dollar range domestic, and make more than that overseas since most of the movie was not shot in the United States.

    Also, why are you comparing EPL to It's Complicated and Devil Wears Prada? Those are comedies and EPL is a drama aimed solely at women over the age of 35.

  14. lann

    Twiliht sucks is not so funny… stupid..

  15. hotrobsten

    Those photos were hot. Rob was holding Kristens bag from some kind of craft store and she just pulled him down for a kiss. Nothing in the Twilight movies can ever be that hot because Stephanie Meyers won't let it happen.

    I wish Kristen had of been in Bel Ami or Rob was in On the Road so we could see them do an actual sex scene. I know Breaking Dawn is not going to show anything. Eclipse is like ten times over it's budget. It proves that even in a recession the Twilight films can come out on top.

  16. sara

    LOL I agree with Tammie, Robsten is hot!!

  17. carol arriola

    Eat, pray, love probably one of the best movies I ever saw: story was good, scenery wonderful, authentic, Roberts very good, Bardem very exciting. I will see it many more times just to relive the thrill!

  18. Tammie

    The picture of Robert and Kristen kissing was 20 times hotter than any Twilight movie. The way Kristen grabbed his hair and took control was H.O.T. You know she wears the pants in that relationship. LOL. They need to add that move to the next Twilight film Robsten should do a rated R movie together after Twilight with lots of sex.

  19. chilefan

    Im so happy. I watch it again this weekend with my friends. This has been the best week for Twilight fan. The movie is doing great and we get so many new Robsten pictures.

  20. sara

    So happy that Eclipse is better than New Moon at box office!! :)