Fans are showing their loyalty to Edward and Bella yet again as ticket sales soar for the premiere of the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2."

The last movie in the five-part Twilight Saga will premiere at 10 p.m. Thursday.

"The following for this one is pretty crazy," said Kim Underwood, manager at R/C Theatres in Hanover.

The theater had sold 698 tickets for the premiere by Tuesday afternoon, she said.

Another 90 tickets had already been sold for the Twilight marathon leading up to the premiere. Movie-goers can purchase a $20 ticket to watch the first four Twilight movies on the big screen beginning at noon Thursday.

At Queensgate, too: A marathon is also being offered for the same price at Frank Theatres' Queensgate 13, and fans who attend the marathon will receive a commemorative lanyard from the film studio that made the Twilight series, General manager Kevin Scott said.

Scott said the his location has already sold enough tickets to fill three theaters for the 10 p.m. showing.

And that's just the beginning.

"Most of the people are probably going to buy last minute," he said.

Earlier debut: The 10 p.m. showing of Twilight versus the typical midnight premiere was a decision made by the film company, not the movie theater, said Scott.

Since the film's original target audience was tweens - youngsters still in school - having a 10 p.m. release makes it more convenient for more people to see it, Underwood said.

"This is a unique audience," said Underwood. "It's a wide variety of people anywhere from kids to women in their 40s and even some guys."

Underwood compared the size of the following for Twilight to that of Harry Potter, which filled about 12 theaters the night it premiered at the Hanover theater.

"Breaking Dawn Part 2" stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson as star-crossed lovers in the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance novels.

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