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Twilight Fans Camp Out for 'New Moon' Premiere

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KTLA: Hundreds of anxious Twilight fans, known as "Twihards," have been camping out in Westwood in hopes of seeing Monday night's "New Moon" premiere.

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The latest installment of the Twilight film franchise has set a record for advance ticket sales.

The vampire film accounted for 86 percent of Fandango's online ticket sales over the weekend and is sold-out for its first nationwide showings at midnight Thursday, the ticket-agency reports. "New Moon" is the record-holder for advance-ticket sales at Fandango and has jumped ahead of the previous pre-sales, box-office king, " Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," according to the ticket-seller.

To meet the demand, some theater owners are adding showings of the Twilight chapter.

The rest of the nation gets its chance to view "New Moon" shorty after 12 a.m. on Friday.

By Sunday morning, hundreds were camping out for Monday's premiere at Mann's Village Theatre and the adjacent Bruin Theatre, and hoping to get a glimpse of the stars.

Some fans told KTLA they arrived Thursday afternoon. At least two traveled from as far away as Australia.

The movie, based Stephanie Meyer's series of "Twilight" novels, stars 23-year-old Robert Pattinson as heartthrob vampire Edward Cullen; Kristin Stewart as Bella Swan, his forbidden love; and Taylor Lautner as werewolf Jacob Black.

The first film, "Twilight," sold more $383.6 million in tickets worldwide.

The brisk sales for "New Moon" bode well for the holiday season which, outside the summer season, accounts for a hefty slice of the Los Angeles-based movie industry's box-office receipts.

Already, the apocalyptic film "2012" has set a hopeful tone for the holidays in Hollywood, amassing a blockbuster-like $225 million in ticket sales worldwide on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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