Though they've taken home over a billion dollars with their Twilight movie franchise, Summit Entertainment wants Blockbuster to pay up or lock up
when it comes to recent shipments of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
DVD. According to Summit, Blockbuster owes them $6.8 million for DVDs shipped since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Blockbuster, meanwhile, says they can't afford to pay Summit, and so the Hollywood studio is attempting to force Blockbuster into Chapter 7 liquidation, which could cause Blockbuster to shut down for good.
Sure, we understand that many of you probably haven't used Blockbuster to rent movies since the late-90s, but still -- is it right for Summit to bully a company into paying up when said company is one lawsuit away from never being heard from again? We can sympathize with Summit to a certain degree since they provided a service and weren't paid for it, but it's hard to support someone who wants to put a company out of business in order to retrieve money it soooo doesn't need. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse made $693 million at the box office, and that was before it hit DVD and Blu-ray.
The entire Blockbuster situation may be laughable at this point, but is it really necessary to pull a Mortal Kombat-like death move on the wobbly movie rental giant over a few million bucks? We say Summit takes a chill pill, and makes Blockbuster an offer to pay off their debt by babysitting Twilight fans for a week outside theaters while they await midnight showings of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. I wouldn't wish that upon my worst enemy, and seems like the right punishment to fit the crime. Right?