Twifans breaking down the dawn

By Amy Shanks

The Twilight saga's final instalment had Hawke's Bay fans falling over themselves last night to secure a seat at one of three midnight screenings in the region.

Haumoana Twifan Elyse Hutchinson became hooked from the first film and has the first three movies in the series on DVD.

"I pre-order them all before they come out and even if this one is bad I will still get it to complete the set.

"The first one I have watched about 10 times and the other ones anywhere between two and five times.

"I was a bit late to start reading the books but I bought them after I watched the first movie and read them all in one week."

Part of the appeal was the male actors in the film but the storyline had its merits too, she said.

"The guys are major hotties, so that helps. I used to have a Twilight duvet cover from New Moon, and Twilight posters all over my wall."

Ms Hutchinson attended a midnight premiere in Napier with her cousin, who was equally "obsessed".

Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last film in a hugely successful series based on books written by Stephenie Meyer, opened in New Zealand last night.

Its popularity with local people was evident, with Reading Cinemas in Napier selling a total of 309 seats across three separate cinemas.

"We will have them lining up from 9pm for the 12am screening - it seems to be the die hard fans," complex manager Nicole Speakman said.

Those who were particularly eager began to book their seats when tickets first went on sale nine weeks ago.

"It's even starting to fill up for the next night, then we have got eight or nine screenings a day for the next week."

Havelock North's Cinema Gold had seen a similar rush, with many choosing to watch an earlier screening of Breaking Dawn - Part 1 prior to the finale.

"We sold out about two days ago. I think it's pretty special because people have to plan their work, lives and children around it as they don't get out till about 2am," manager Frances McKeown said.

"It's the people who went to see the last one and who have read all the books who are coming."

The cinema will run four screenings a day for the next week.

There was a last minute burst of ticket sales at Cinema Hastings where the final bookings were made about 11am yesterday morning, after going on sale at the start of the week.

"It was fairly steady to start with but it started going gang busters near the end," duty manager Marina van der Plas said. "We had people coming in all day asking after them.

"Everybody wants to see it before they hear about what happens in the end.

"We are going to have five sessions a day for the next fortnight."

The film had its world premiere earlier in the week attracting huge crowds in Los Angeles where people camped out for days to secure tickets and see stars arrive on the red carpet.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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