“The Twilight Saga: New Moon” – box office numbers (we’re breaking records) & reviews!

The reviews for The Twilight Saga: New Moon are rolling in — and as expected, most critics are not fans of the series and didn’t find much to love about the movie. But there is some positive to be found.  Here are links to a couple:

* My favorite review has to be this one from our friends at The Scorecard Review. They give the movie an 8 out of 10, and I agree with just about everything they had to say (right down to their pick for best scene):

TALKING: The script pays a lot closer attention to the book. I can’t say this enough, but the first movie is so chock full of stupid montages, it was like watching a sub-par summary. In New Moon, the characters are much more interesting and if you’ve read the books, you’ll recognize all sorts of original dialogue from the story. Well done.
Score: 8

SIGHTS: Remember all the hubbub about the stupid special effects from the first movie? Remember the vampires hissing at each other without any hissing noises? I sure do. So know that I went into this already rolling my eyes. That being said, the special effects are super cool. There is more action, and that action is much better choreographed. Plus, the werewolves didn’t completely stink up the screen, and I’ve yet to see really good werewolf CGI.
Score: 9

Read more here.

* Variety has mostly good things to say about the movie, as well:

Carried by Kristen Stewart’s compellingly dark performance, but also by helmer Chris Weitz’s robust visuals, “Moon” should cause boffo B.O. tides and could outperform its predecessor, which grossed $383 million worldwide.

* Reelz Channel has a recap of additional reviews, mostly tepid or negative.

* And regarding these negative reviews, our friends at the Twilight Lexicon had some interesting & winning points to make on their Twitter last night:

In 2008: Iron Man, Indiana Jones 4, Hancock are far from quality but did well. Why? They resonated w/guys. Why is what girls want a mystery

* Good point, ladies. But those critics can suck it because New Moon has already started breaking box office records. Check it out:

Unofficial reports say The Twilight Saga: New Moon has shattered The Dark Knight’s $18.4M midnight debut for a 3-day weekend. Sources put the total at $23-24M. This would also surpass Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, whose 5-day weekend began with $22.2M on a Tuesday night. Summit has not yet released official numbers.

* Be sure to check out NNT’s exclusive fan review here, then share your thoughts on the movie in the comments.

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