Twi-hards swoon for New Moon
HUNDREDS of screaming fans descended on Tweed cinemas early yesterday morning for the premiere of the latest instalment in the Twilight Saga, New Moon.
Nearly 500 people packed into Australian Multiplex Cinemas at Tweed City on 12.01am yesterday, some arriving hours early to secure their seats.
AMC duty manager Kasey Hall said they weren’t expecting so many people and had to open up a second cinema to cater for the huge crowd.
“As soon as we let them in the door, they were screaming,” she said.
She said Team Edward and Team Jacob shirts were a staple and there was even one guy in a clown suit.
Ms Hall added that fans were once again queuing to see the movie before the cinema had opened yesterday morning.
She said the movie was on a par with last year’s midnight release of Batman: The Dark Knight, which was the biggest opening the cinema had experienced in recent memory.
Birch Carroll and Coyle Coolangatta was just as packed with another 200 people among the first to witness a half-naked Taylor Lautner who plays Jacob.
Marketing manager Belinda Kite said the movie surpassed the audience’s expectations.
Both cinemas offered a flashback for fans, running the first movie before screening New Moon just after midnight.
Movie-goers Emma Kennaugh, 16, and Madeline Neeson, 15, both of Cabarita, were keen to get their tickets, arriving half an hour early to one of yesterday’s screenings.
The excited pair said they were both on “Team Jacob”, as in the story, vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob vie for the love of human, Bella (Kristen Stewart).
“Aw, I don’t know ...who should I go for?” Emma said when asked who she preferred.
“I’ll go Jacob,” she said.
“Yes, Team Jacob all the way,” Madeline said.
Both cinemas were expecting huge crowds tonight and over the weekend, screening ten sessions a day.
The movies are based on the best-selling books by author Stephenie Meyer, with the third movie Eclipse due out next year.