Hit film Twilight sequel will be harder, say stars

Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:19am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The surprise success of "Twilight," the teen vampire movie that boasted a bigger opening North American weekend box office than the new James Bond, could make the sequel harder to sell, its leading actors said.

The movie, based on the bestselling novel by U.S. author Stephenie Meyer, made $69.6 million in movie theatres over its first weekend last month, ahead of Bond film "Quantum of Solace" which cost over five times as much to make.

The success helped convince independent studio Summit Entertainment to go ahead with sequel "New Moon" based on the second book in the series, and the two lead actors from Twilight are down to reprise their roles.

"We had nothing to lose in the first one," said British actor Robert Pattinson, who has become a movie heartthrob virtually overnight for his portrayal of the immortal vampire Edward Cullen.

"It's harder to build up the hype, especially in America. I think it will be harder," he told a recent London briefing. The film opens in Britain on Friday.

Kristen Stewart plays Bella Swan, the teen girl who falls in love with Cullen only to see her relationship and family jeopardized by rival vampires' lust for blood.

Stewart said she expected the press to be "a little tougher" next time around, and had been surprised at how big the movie became in the United States.

"I knew how important it was to a small group of people. I didn't realize how widespread they (the books) were," she said.   Continued...

<p>Cast members Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart pose at the premiere of the movie "Twilight" at the Mann Village and Bruin theatres in Westwood, California November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>