Eclipse rises over Gympie
GYMPIE fans of the Cullen clan and Jacob’s tribe stayed up into the early hours of yesterday morning watching all three Twilight movies back to back.
The highlight for the enthusiastic audience was the midnight premiere of the third instalment of the franchise, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.
And the word from both Team Jacob and Team Edward is that Eclipse really does eclipse its predecessors.
Sharon Crane, assistant manager of Sovereign Cinema and an avid Twilight fan, said the response to this latest blockbuster so far had been “huge”.
“We’ve all been very excited about Eclipse coming along. The midnight session was sold out by Monday,” she said.
“It’s great to see everyone want to come to the cinema.”
Watching around seven hours of Twilight, New Moon then Eclipse was a breeze for the Wednesday night/Thursday morning revellers.
“We had a fantastic crowd, it was amazing.
“They were happy and just wanting to have a good time. We had supper and breaks – they loved it. This holiday has been huge.”
In this latest instalment, traditional enemies – vampires and werewolves are forced to unite to protect Bella from vindictive Victoria and her armyof newly-created vampires known as newborns. Twilight faithfuls who spoke with The Gympie Times yesterday – and yes they were all females – loved the romantic love triangle aspect and the special effects.
In the US, Eclipse took in more than $US30 million ($35.65 million) from midnight screenings on Wednesday, according to distributor Summit Entertainment.
That surpassed the previous midnight record of $US26.3 million set on opening day last November by its predecessor, New Moon.