Skip to comments.The DaVinci Code crashes after big opening weekend
Posted on 05/28/2006 11:30:50 PM PDT by dangus
The way I see it, Dan Brown should be very happy for Fandango, which allowed millions of theater-goers to see "The Da Vinci Code" before reading the reviews. Normally, movies don't crash, losing 57% of their audience in the second weekend. Especially not when the 2nd weekend is a holiday weekend and the first weekend was not. But normally people who see movies this stupid have already invested in their Jar-Jar Binks Happy Meal Action Figure. Go figure that the Happy Meal featuring a dead, naked museum curator with a pentagram scratched in his back didn't sell to well. (OK, I recycled that joke concept, but Da Vinci Code readers aren't known for having good memories.)
Come on, folks; the problem isn't Ron Howard or Tom Hanks. The problem is that you could read the entire 450-page book faster than you can watch the movie. I mean, I'm not saying that Brown is a devil-spawned, historically ignorant hack who simply makes stupid people feel smarter. But only because I'm alone at my keyboard and my cat kinda looks at me funny when I talk to her as if I expect her to know English.
I know, calling 60 million people "stupid" is no way to win friends and influence people, but by now I've used enough three-syllable words that I've lost most of them. My big issue is that the raves this story got proves how anti-Christian the nation's book reviewers are. Come on, this is the sort of book movie viewers should *warn* us about: "Caution: Put down this book and go smoke some pot. It will kill fewer brain cells and make you more capable of coherent conversation."
OK, Dan Brown fans. You don't have to respond saying, "it's only fiction." We all have heard that. First of all, Dan Brown has been all over all the talk shows insisting that the backstory is all true. But there's also something really nasty about making such horrific accusations of genocide against people in a backstory.
You see, backstories about historical peoples and characters usually are generally true. If they are preposterous, book critics will point it out, and knowledgeable readers' suspension of disbelief will be shattered, and they'll go tell their friends how stupid the book was. But Dan Brown's readers, apparently, aren't used to historical fiction, unless it's got that guy from the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" commercials on the front cover. Brown puts horrific slander in people's brain as little details, and the next time they hear those tid-bits, they say, "oh, yeah, I think I heard about that."
Some critics have pointed out how bad Brown's history is as if it were a product of his ignorance. This is not the case. Brown is quite well aware, I'm sure, that "Da Vinci" is not a name, as many critics have pointed out it isn't, but rather an origin. Please understand; he's trying to attract an audience which last read a book about Leonardo that was subtitled, "Heroes on a Halfshell."
As much as I'm picking on his audience for being nitwits, it actually is a simple truth that novels, since they contain far more information than a movie, can spend much more effort convincing people that something preposterous is actually believable. Many books I've read, particularly science fiction, have the more incredible portions of them toned down to maintain credibility. For instance, in the novel, "2010," we learned about plant life on Io by reading about how a Russian spacecraft was virtually devoured by a mobile plant; the novel could explain why Io might have mobile plants. In the movie, the crew thought they might have seen readings indicating a trace of photosythetic material.
There simply is no toning down the ridiculousness of Brown's story, because it's all necessary for the plot line. In the movie, it all seems so insipid that viewers apparently have been warning friends not to see it (as evidenced by its crash at the box office), if they are willing to admit to having shelled out $9 to see it in the first place.
Danged nice essay.
Yousa meean thissa movie suck?!
Browns' Da Vinci Code makes the sledge at the bottom of the Hudson seem pristine.
I understand it made back its money the first weekend. So Follywood will chalk it up as a success. Needless to say it fell far short of the hype.
It got lukewarm (at best) reviews, even in liberal publications. Big career mistake for the actors involved. I know some people who saw it and were quite underwhelmed. This will be landing in $5.99 DVD bargain bins across the nation real soon.
I'm not saying the movie sucks,
but Tom Hanks' career has been hurt so bad, "Wilson" is refusing to make the sequel to "Cast Away" with him.
I like "The New Yorker" magazine review of this scurrility...
You understand incorrectly, then, but it's likely not your fault; you were probably misled badly. Counting international box office receipys, it made more money than it cost to produce. But theater owners get over half of the take; overseas distribution costs a lot more; and there's always marketing costs.
Rule of thumb is if the Domestic take is greater than the production costs plus marketing costs, the movie will have made money. On the one hand, the movie seems like it has done better in the foreign market than most movies grossing the same amount in the domestic market make. On the other hand, that rule of thumb also includes presumptions of VHS and DVD sales and rentals. Usually movies that crash so quickly underperform as VHS and DVDs.
Nonetheless, it probably eventually will make a prophet. The issue is whether it is worth the damage to the principals' careers. Howard and Hanks both rely on a very Mom-and-Apple-Audience which is most likely to think badly of them afterwards... like me.
LOL. Your real name wouldn't be Dennis Miller would it?
>> Your real name wouldn't be Dennis Miller would it? <<
I've been asked that more than a couple times :^) For now, as much as Dennis Miller irritates me, I'll take that as a compliment.
Good read. The great political cartoonist Mike Rodriguez says that the Mona Lisa is smirking because of the number of idiots that believe the stuff in Brown's novel. LOL!
By the way, if you think you'd enjoy reading the Dixie Chicks get bashed, this is my last post:
"it probably will make a prophet."
Hows that for a Freudian slip, folks?
By the way:
1st weekend: $77 million
2nd weekend: $32 million
It was more popular in the rest of the world than in the US
Who....? Howard and Hanks....? Never heard of them!
Dr. Freud, your slip is showing.
Not here. The advertisement on ITV 3 last night was telling - it said "No matter what you've heard, come and see the Da Vinci Code."
That indicates a film in trouble to me.
Domestic estimate is $133 million, $288 for global with a budget of $125 million.
Quite the flop, they haven't tripled their money in the first 2 weeks.
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