12 Jul – Twi-hards in Malaysia flocked to cinemas over World Cup Finals weekend (8-11 July) to catch the third instalment of the hit vampire series, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" as it opened nationwide last Thursday. The film overshadowed all movies including other anticipated debuts namely "Predators", "Despicable Me", and "Flirting Scholar 2".
Based on Cinema Online's "Hot Movie Checks", "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" bares its fangs in top position over the weekend, followed by Robert Rodriguez's "Predators", Universal Pictures' 3D feature "Despicable Me", Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz's "Knight & Day", and Stephen Chow's scholar spoof prequel "Flirting Scholar 2".
In conjunction with the "Eclipse" release, a special "Twilight" movie marathon which took place last Friday night at Cathay Cineplex e@Curve turned awry when about 100 frustrated Twilighters with valid tickets were turned away due to a slip-up. It was apparent that the one hall dedicated to the marathon was not enough to house everyone and distributor Nusantara Edaran Filem (NEF) apologised to those who were stranded and assured that compensation will be made. Meanwhile, the rest of the crowd watched "Twilight", "New Moon" and "Eclipse" from 9.30pm to 5.00am, punctuated by lucky draws and prize-giving sessions to an enthusiastic audience who came in sleepwear theme.
On a related note, 20th Century Fox confirms the release of "Vampires Suck", a vampire spoof movie that combines the Twilight films into one long parody - complete with actors impersonating Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner in their roles as the clumsy Bella Swan, brooding Edward Cullen and shirtless Jacob Black. Deemed from "the guys who didn't want to sit through another vampire movie", "Vampires Suck" is slated for 26 August 2010 release.