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Cold to vampires

- Twilight finale releases to low turnout in multiplex

Fans of Edward Cullen comprised the niche crowd that turned up at the multiplex in Patna on Friday to catch the final adventures of handsome vampire.

Cinepolis at P&M Mall — the only multiplex in the city — is running three shows of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II. Starring teenage heartthrobs, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in lead roles, it is the fifth and final instalment of the hugely successful Twilight series based on Stephenie Meyer’s eponymous books about the love of an immortal vampire (Cullen) and his beloved (Bella Swan).

The film released in the US on November 15 with box office collections of $30.4 million. In Patna on Friday, however, the charms of Edward, Bella and Jacob Black attracted few.

“The opening was not as good as we expected. Only 20 per cent of the seats were occupied,” said Abhishek Ranjan, unit manager, Cinepolis.

Those who came to see the film were crazy about vampires and werewolves, though. (For the uninitiated, werewolves and vampires are blood foes. In the Twilight series, Bella’s friend Jacob (played by Taylor Lautner) is a werewolf. He is also in love with her, creating a delightfully bloody romantic triangle.)

Sweta Dubey turned up at noon, almost an hour and a half before the first show. “I wanted the best seat in the hall,” she explained. “Edward Cullen looked amazing in the movie. I fall head over heels in love with him every time I see a Twilight film. This one was the best in the series.”

Another vampire lover, Suruchi Agarwal, said: “The last five years with the vampire series was amazing. This film was so good that my friends and I kept sitting even after it was over. The multiplex staff had to ask us to leave. We shall miss Twilight very much.”

The good response of the audience has been heartening for the multiplex authorities. Ranjan said: “We hope the crowds will come in over the weekend.”