Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fun Facts about the film "Twilight"

While passing the time for the LA Premiere of "Twilight" to begin the publicity firm handling the premiere, gave us a fun fact sheet to peruse through. I thought I'd share with with all you:

"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Book Highlights:
• The series of 4 books has sold 25 million copies worldwide. Translation rights have been sold in 37 countries.
• The series is a New York Times Best Seller and has been on the best seller list for 65 weeks. Selected as the New York Times Editor’s Choice.
• On USA Today’s Best Seller list for 103 weeks (TWILIGHT spent 6 weeks at #1).
• BREAKING DAWN, the fourth book in the series and released on August 2, sold 1.3 million books in the first 24 hours.
• For seven straight weeks after BREAKING DAWN was released, all four books in the series were on USA Today’s Top 5 Best Seller List.
• The week BREAKING DAWN was released, TWILIGHT (released in 2005) had its best week ever and sold an additional 120,000 copies.
• After being on the New York Times Best Seller list for 2 weeks, the TWILIGHT MOVIE COMPANION is #1 on the “How To” paperback list.

Online Highlights:
• Recognition of the book has generated over 350 fan sites all over the world, including &
• The official film website has received over 11MM views since October.
• The trailers have garnered over 12MM views on MySpace, which is a record.
• TWILIGHT has the most friends on MySpace of any film, second only to X2 (beating both 300 and TRANSFORMERS).
• The debut of the final trailer in the TWILIGHT widget and on MySpace Trailer Park on Thursday, 10/16, generated over 3.5 million views in the first 48 hours,
• There have been over 110,000 adoptions of the TWILIGHT widget.
• TWILIGHT is the #1 most searched movie on IMDb Pro’s MOVIEMeter. Stars Robert Pattinson is #1 on their STARMeter, ranking higher than Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt and Kristen Stewart is #2, higher than Angelina Jolie.
• There was so much response to the TWILIGHT casting photos when they were initially posted,’s server crashed. The response was very similar to in numbers to the likes of Harry Potter and Spider-Man franchises.
• When posted the second teaser trailer on their website, they received more views than any of their breaking news stories.
• Both Fandango and, the two online movie ticketing providers, have each reported over 200 hundred sold-out shows a week before release.

Robert Pattinson plays Edward. ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Kristen Stewart is the lovely Bella. ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Publicity Highlights:
• Fan base generated thunderous applause and worldwide publicity at Comic-con International – with thousands of eager fans camping out the night before to see the cast and crew present new footage.
• The 1st Entertainment Weekly TWILIGHT Saga cover was the best-selling cover of the year for them, surpassing their Dark Knight and Harry Potter covers.
• The first EW cover was so successful; they did another triple TWILIGHT cover. It is rare for EW to feature the same film twice on their cover.
• In late August, Extra aired their segment from Ashley Greene and Rachelle Lefevre’s H Magazine photo shoot, and it was the second-highest rated show in primetime, next to Ugly Betty. Additionally, they posted the segment to their website and got three times the traffic they get on the Jonas Brothers.
• Vanity Fair featured an entire cast spread in their December issue – one of over 50 magazine features on the film.
• Ticket sales for the Rome International Film Festival sold out in a few hours, prompting festival organizers to add another screening. In Spain, over 1,000 screaming fans tried to get into a presentation at the Sitges Film Festival, more than 3 times the maximum occupancy.

Justin Chon who plays Bella's best friend is the only major Asian American featured in "Twilight." ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Paramore is one of the featured acts on the soundtrack of "Twilight." ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Cam Gigandet (l) most recent film release before "Twilight" was "Never Back Down" with Sean Faris (r). ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

Taylor Lautner who plays Jacob had his major film debut with Robert Rodriguez's "Shark Boy and Lava Girl." ©Pacific Rim Photo Press.

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