Twilight’ is Historic for Women Filmmakers

After just three days in US cinemas, tween vampire sensation “Twilight” has already begun breaking box office records.

The film, based on Stephenie Meyer acclaimed book series, has scored the most successful opening weekend ever for a female director.

The dark fantasy romance, starring Robert Pattinson, claimed the top spot at the U.S. box office after grossing $70.6 million in its debut weekend.

The massive ticket sales have catapulted director Catherin Hardwicke into the history books. The previous record was for Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact, which took $41.1 million (GBP27.5 million) during its opening weekend in 1998.

Hardwicke – who previously co-wrote and directed 2003 movie Thirteen – is already in talks to film a sequel to Twilight.