Unless the word “Marvel” is in front of the title, movie franchises don’t get much bigger than The Twilight Saga. Based on the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, the films — Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2 — grossed a whopping $3.3 billion at the worldwide box office. They were an undeniable phenomenon, with fans praising the largely faithful way the books were adapted for the big screen.
The truth is that, when the original was produced, no one knew whether the target audience would turn up, or in what number. For that reason, Twilight was made for relatively little money. …
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