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'Twilight' finale sparks 10-hour marathon, sold-out theaters

7:01 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Schools could have a lot of "sick" students tomorrow who may wind up taking Friday off after spending a late-night out at the movies as they soak in the final film in the popular "Twilight" saga: "Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

Photos: "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" premiere

Instead of the typical midnight debut, some theaters are getting a jump-start on unveiling "Breaking Dawn: Part 2" with screenings starting at 10 p.m. Thursday -- many of which are completely sold out.

Photos: "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" movie images

As demand increases, so do the number of theaters showing the film as many locations are adding additional screenings throughout the evening.

Photos: Images from the first four "Twilight" films

To get the intense "Twihards" psyched for the big vampire/werewolf finale, some theaters are holding a "Twilight" marathon all day in which they're showing all of the films back to back leading up to Thursday's debut of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

Here's how that breaks down:

- Before seeing a single second of the final "Twilight" flick, Thursday's marathon viewers will have stared at 493 total minutes from the first four movies in the series.

- When all five movies are over at the end of the marathon, fans will have sat through 608 minutes (10.1333 hours) of Team Edward, Team Jacob and Bella. To put that into perspective, that's nearly the amount of time it would take to drive from Cleveland to Des Moine, Iowa, which is more than 600 miles away.

CLICK HERE to see Cleveland-area showtimes for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

CLICK HERE to see Akron-area showtimes for "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2."

To date, the "Twilight" movie series has earned more than $1 billion domestically and $2.5 billion worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.

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