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Twilight Movie Box Office Results Shows Vampires Are Big Business

Posted by Kyle Design on November 26, 2008

Get your own Vampire Christmas Tree Ornament for a very different type of holiday celebration.

Get your own Vampire Christmas Tree Ornament for a very different type of holiday celebration.

Horror films making it hard to sleep at night? Maybe a Movie Director night light will sooth the way for a good nights sleep.

Horror films making it hard to sleep at night? Maybe a Movie Director night light will sooth the way for a good night's sleep.

Number one box office movie ticket sales, mob scenes with the actors, screaming teenagers – Vampires are Big Business. And they are going mainstream!

The film Twilight opened last Thursday at midnight (!), and ticket sales for the weekend reached a whopping $70.6 million, handily beating out the second place finisher, Quantum of Solace that came in at (only) $27.4 million. Kudos to Twilight’s female director Catherine Hardwicke, who had the biggest opening weekend ever for a female director, smashing the $41.1 million record set in 1998 for Mimi Leder’s “Deep Impact”. Just goes to show what big business Vampires are. And I only tuned into this fact a few of months ago!

Vampire Bat Vitamin Case - Dont forget to take your vitamins so you maintain your energy levels while up late catching a film, reading a book or partying.

Vampire Bat Vitamin Case - Don't forget to take your vitamins so you maintain your energy levels while up late catching a film, reading a book or partying.

As I was updating my Halloween web page page, I thought to search on vampires, thinking that they would be a nice addition at some point. Lo and behold, vampires are very popular. But as I was researching, “Edward” kept showing up. I thought, “Who in the world is Edward, and why haven’t I ever heard of him?” And who is Bella? (I only know of Bella as in Bella Vista (beautiful view), the wonderful little Italian restaurant my uncle owned in Hayward, CA, for 20 years – he is a great cook!) Did a little more research, asked around and finally tuned into the whole Twilight book series.

I promptly created a vampire design of a vampire about the bite a woman’s provocatively outstretched neck – Yes! No! Yes! – Bella’s dilemma?

Vampire book readers might enjoy a Bella Swan bookmark as a reminder of a transformation from an ugly duckling

Vampire book readers might enjoy a Bella Swan bookmark as a reminder of a transformation from an ugly duckling

The movie Twilight, based on the first in a series of books, stars Robert Pattinson (you might remember him – he played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) as Edward Cullen (the vampire), Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan (the plain girl), Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black (the werewolf).

My tweener girls are just a little to young to have been caught up in the Twilight phenomenon, but two other women I work with have daughters who have read the book series by Stephenie Meyers ( Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn ), with one teenager really big on it. So there has been quite a bit of discussion about it.

Pretty New Moon Compact Mirror - Check your reflection to be sure it is still there!

Pretty New Moon Compact Mirror - Check your reflection to be sure it is still there!

Running a small business requires constant creativity and innovation to stay fresh. I’m always looking to stay on top of popular trends, too, so even though I PROMISED my staff that I wasn’t going to do any more designs this season – 65 was ENOUGH – (so, Kyle, where exactly ARE we going to put all of these new designs??) – I squeezed one more in.

Glad I did!! Turns out that Vampires are Big Business for a Small Business. Because of the ongoing popularity of author Anne Rice (Interview with the Vampire) and Stephenie Meyers, I think vampires are here to stay. Yet, these vampires are flying off the shelves! (And into the trees??) I try to develop design collections around popular themes and have fun with the imagery. Check them out! Unique Vampire Gifts for those who love reading horror books, and Cool Twilight Gifts for dangerous things that come out at night!

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