Stuff.co.nz - It would appear Justin Bieber is not immune to high school rejections after suffering an epic fail on his first two showings in Palmerston North, despite being the most popular adolescent on the planet.
His movie Never Say Never hit the big screen yesterday, and if it wasn't for the incessant screams of the "beliebers" on screen, you could have heard a pin drop in that theatre – not because the Palmerston North variety were watching with bated breath, but because they weren't there.
Never Say Never screened to an empty theatre at its first showing, while the
next after-school session at 3.30pm attracted 15 people.
The movie, which follows the Canadian teen singing sensation throughout his 2010 concert tour, has grossed well over NZ$100 million at the worldwide box office in the 13 weeks it has been showing.
Downtown Cinemas manager Kaye Hendricks said yesterday the complex was waiting for the "beliebers" to come out in full force over the weekend and the school holidays.
So far, pre-booked ticket sales have been low, but Mrs Hendricks said children usually just turned up at the time of the screening to buy tickets.
More than 500 tickets pre-sold to the premier midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One, in November last year, many to high school students who had an NCEA exam the next day.
But compared to the loyal Harry Potter diehards, the slightly younger generation of beliebers may have a more difficult time in getting their parents to sit through it too.
Never Say Never is available to audiences in 3D as well as 2D
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