Are the 'Twilight' stars' careers over now?

Reported by: James Eppler
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Updated: 11/16/2012 12:12 pm

On Twitter: @JamesEppler

The three leading stars of the "Twilight" film series have to be hoping that author Stephenie Meyer either writes more books or more screenplays for this series. Because it looks like they may not have much to look forward to in their individual careers.

All three aren't particularly good actors, and moviegoers seem to have picked up on that. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have all benefited from playing characters loved by millions, but those fans don't seem to want to follow them to other projects.

Look at the box office totals for the movies each of them has made since they became names with the first "Twilight":


"Remember Me" $18.2 M
"Water for Elephants" $58.7 M
"Bel Ami" $0.1 (limited release)
"Cosmopolis" $0.7 M (limited release)

"Abduction" $28.1 M

"Adventureland" $16 M
"Welcome to the Rileys" $0.2 M
"The Runaways" $2 M
"Snow White and the Huntsman" $155 M

It should be noted that these "Twilight" movies have been shot so close to one another that the actors probably didn't have too much time for other projects. But it still surprises me that more people haven't turned out to see these movies.

If I'm guessing, Stewart has the most promising future. She's the best performer of the bunch, and I quite liked her in "The Runaways." But she did get fired from the sequel to her one big hit, "Snow White," because she messed around with the director. It doesn't bode well that the studio decided to keep the director and ditch her.

I think Lautner has the most bleak future. He's a better actor than Pattinson, but I don't think he has the staying power of a true star. Maybe he can score a part in "Magic Mike 2."

Then again, maybe breaking out of the "Twilight" bondage will be good for all three of these young actors.

I know I feel better now that it's all over.

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