Wednesday, August 25, 2010
If you were worried this fangtastic vampire fad was going to meet an eternal death soon, well, that doesn't seem likely, according to a report done by The Hollywood Reporter (and anyone hoping to make money in Tinseltown right now). According to THR's calculations, the vampire phenomenon has generated over $7 billion since "Twilight" first hit theaters in 2008. That is less than two years.
What has helped make vampires so successful is not just the love affair between Edward and Bella, though that's definitely part of it. Stephenie Meyer made vampires more romantic and less scary and made millions because of it. That started a trend that moved from books to films to television, selling music and merchandise along the way, and has paid off wonderfully for all of those involved. And the world just seems to be begging for more, more, more.
Don't believe us? Click after the jump to see the breakdown of how much money vampires have made across these different media.
''ALL anyone's thinking about here is sex, sex, sex!'' bemoans mind reader Sookie Stackhouse, the hyper-sexualised protagonist of True Blood. ''Well you don't need to be telepathic to pick up on that,'' quips her 170-year-old vampire lover, Bill.
A glorious marriage of best-selling fantasy writer Charlaine Harris and screen genius Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, American Beauty), the series is the much-lauded crown jewel of HBO's post-Sex-and-Sopranos era.
Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – Trains Gonna Roll
Thievery Corporation – Supreme Illusion (Nickodemus Remix)
The Court Yard Hounds – I Miss You
The Heavy – What You Want Me to Do
Patty Griffin – I Smell a Rat
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Hollywood has repeatedly peddled the apocalyptic threat from aliens, machines, comets, viruses and zombies, but who was watching the vampires?
Never exactly absent from the entertainment scene, those eternal bloodsuckers lately have infiltrated everything from big screens and little screens to bookstore shelves, clothing racks, download services, video games and video, record and jewelry stores.
The low-budget Fox/New Regency "Twilight" parody "Vampires Suck" has grossed $20 million in its first six days, and 5 million regular viewers are rabidly following HBO's newest hit, "True Blood," as it swoops toward its season 3 finale September 12. Meanwhile, Justin Cronin's "The Passage," Stephenie Meyer's "Breaking Dawn" and Charlaine Harris' "Dead and Gone" hover on best-seller lists.