Movie Power Rankings: ‘Twilight Saga’ returns to No. 1 as ‘Eclipse’ fever rises

It’s getting to be that time again.  An annual swell of “Twilight” madness as the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise nears.  This past week found almost daily breaks with the first clip of “Eclipse” debuting online, tickets going on sale six weeks early (and sellouts a plenty) and a whole lot of hype on Oprah (Ellen gets a visit from Robert Pattinson on Wednesday).  Oh, and there was that whole little contractual squabble thing about “Breaking Dawn.” Oh, you hadn’t heard?

It’s no secret the reason Summit hasn’t officially confirmed that “Breaking Dawn” will be two films is because of contractual negotiations with the cast.  While the franchise’s lead trio of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will get rewarded for their legion of fans, it’s the supporting players that are becoming a problem.  Two of those thespians, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, are looking for a lot more money than the studio wants to pay them.

Only under contract for the first three films, word is both actors are asking for about $2 million for each film and are justifying their demands by the increasing involvement of their characters in Meyer’s “Dawn” novel (not that the movie script can’t be changed).  Unfortunately, the more the duo play hardball, the more likely the studio ditches them for an upgrade.  They did it – mistakenly mind you – with Rachelle LeFevre after an unfortunate misunderstanding before “Eclipse” and they clearly have no qualms about doing so again.

Again, “Twilight”-world.  The fun and drama never ends. As for the rest of this week’s power rankings…

The full list of rankings can be found here at HitFix!

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