‘Twilight’ Sequel Confirmed: ‘New Moon’ To Hit The Big Screen

First-day sales help green-light second book in Stephenie Meyer's hit series.

It’s been [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/05/13/exclusive-twilight-filmmakers-hope-to-shoot-sequels-simultaneously/"]talked about[/url], it has a [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/11/14/twilight-sequels-optioned-studio-acquires-new-moon-eclipse-breaking-dawn/"]screenwriter[/url], and now it’s official: Stephenie Meyer’s “New Moon” will be coming to a theater near you. Summit Entertainment made the official announcement on Saturday (November 22), during a brief respite from counting the massive box-office receipts that Meyer’s first film, “Twilight,” is taking in this weekend.

“I don’t think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment,” the best-selling author said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on ‘New Moon.’ ”

The news comes on the heels of the vampire flick selling out theaters nationwide, despite its mixed reviews. The madness began with some [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/11/21/twilight-box-office-update-midnight-shows-generate-a-reported-7-million/"]impressive advance ticket sales,[/url] then the film added to its $7 million midnight-screening take with a staggering $35.7 million on Friday, taking in money at a rate reported to be more than three times that of last week’s box-office winner, “Quantum of Solace.” To put it in perspective, “Twilight” is now second only to “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in terms of biggest opening-day gross for a non-summer release.

“Twilight” is currently on track to become the highest-grossing film ever made by a female director, the highest-grossing vampire film of all time, and is also threatening several other records heading into Saturday. The film is currently projected to make more than $60 million this weekend, which would put it on track for the $150 million box-office haul that director Catherine Hardwicke has said would automatically green-light sequels.

Hence, the announcement of Robert Pattinson’s favorite book being turned into a movie – news that will surely send Taylor Lautner [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/05/20/twilight-star-lautner-determined-to-hit-the-gym-for-shirtless-sequels/"]to the gym[/url] immediately. Keep your eyes on MTV, Twilighters, as we’ll have more news about the box-office take and “New Moon” in the next few days.

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