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'Da Vinci Code' opens with estimated $29 million
CNN ^ | 5/20/06 | AP

Posted on 05/21/2006 5:18:45 AM PDT by Aquinasfan

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- "The Da Vinci Code" banked an estimated $29 million at the box office on its first day in theaters, an industry official said Saturday, positioning the film to turn in the strongest opening weekend for any movie this year.

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Fox reporting a $78 million gross so far. I can't remember if this was US only or internationally. Also, the movie is setting box office records in Italy. Depressing, but not too surprising.

With so many people having read the book, a huge opening was inevitable. The question remains as to whether this movie will have any legs. Hopefully the length will disuade some people.

1 posted on 05/21/2006 5:18:45 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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To: Aquinasfan

I found the book to be a pretty hard slog.


2 posted on 05/21/2006 5:21:14 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Aquinasfan

Depressing? What, you can't get over the fact it's FICTION? We're heading out to see the movie today.


3 posted on 05/21/2006 5:21:22 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Aquinasfan

Why the church assisted in marketing this film I will never know.


4 posted on 05/21/2006 5:22:52 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: Jalapeno

Ha, there's many a religious leader who welcomed the book. It brought more discussion of the Bible and lessons were taught on this.


5 posted on 05/21/2006 5:25:38 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Aquinasfan

The reviews have been pretty bad for the film. I dont think it will have "legs". I plan on seeing it eventually, probably will borrow the DVD from my sister or something.


6 posted on 05/21/2006 5:25:55 AM PDT by Paradox (Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
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To: mtbopfuyn
Depressing? What, you can't get over the fact it's FICTION? We're heading out to see the movie today.

Oh puh_leez, whereas the story is fiction, the underlying conspiracy theories and the slander of Christ and the Catholic Church is being put out as factual. Brown is very clear he believes the conspiracy theories.

7 posted on 05/21/2006 5:27:18 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: mtbopfuyn

I know it's fiction, you know it's fiction but it's clearly an attempt by Hollywood to destablize the belief of millions in the Catholic Church.

Typical, Hollywood, anti-Christian propaganda.

Boycott it.


8 posted on 05/21/2006 5:32:10 AM PDT by kjo
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To: billorites

My son saw the movie last night. Said it was "long and boring."


9 posted on 05/21/2006 5:33:14 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: mtbopfuyn

So I guess you see nothing wrong with a movie that goes out of its way to blasphemize Jesus Christ.


10 posted on 05/21/2006 5:36:08 AM PDT by frankiep (Visualize Whirled Peas)
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To: Aquinasfan
Also, the movie is setting box office records in Italy. Depressing, but not too surprising.

Well if this was about Mohammed being married to an 8 year-old girl and the movie suggested old Mohammed was a bit too interested in children.

We'd see rioting in Italy, France, England -- all Muslim capitals. It seems us evil christians are not taking this movie too seriouly.

11 posted on 05/21/2006 5:36:11 AM PDT by BeAllYouCanBe (Animal Rights Activist Advisory: No French Person Was Injured In The Writing Of This Post)
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To: Always Right

I cant get in an uproar over this movie. I am a believer although not a churchgoer.
Is is amazing to see people wasting their time and money going to see a film that tries to destroy their faith.
I wont be watching it. Ya know you read the Bible and back in the old testament they had Fire and Brimstone. They had plagues, they had burning bushes. They had all sorts of goodies.
Wouldnt it be great to see lightning hit about ten theaters and destroy them during the showing of this film? Sure would boost a lot of peoples faith. Make the Islamics think twice about Allah too.


12 posted on 05/21/2006 5:37:59 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Jalapeno
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Hey, I bought a replica of the codex at the film's premier and entered the letters: M-O-N-A L-I-S-A into the disks and I slid out the container. In the container was a piece of paper with a telephone number on it.

I immediately dialed the number and a casual feminine voice asked me my adddress and name. I told her. Ten minutes later, look who showed up, with a soft knock on my door! Needless to say, I invited this being in immediately.

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13 posted on 05/21/2006 5:38:07 AM PDT by Candor7
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To: Paradox
The reviews have been pretty bad for the film. I dont think it will have "legs". I plan on seeing it eventually, probably will borrow the DVD from my sister or something.

If the 78 mill gross for first weekend is accurate than it doesnt need to have much in the way of legs, it has already walked a great deal down the road to commercial success.

14 posted on 05/21/2006 5:38:25 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: Aquinasfan
Personally, I'd rather watch something more realistic and intellectually stimulating...you know, like Over the Hedge.
15 posted on 05/21/2006 5:39:43 AM PDT by RichInOC (...I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. I just couldn't resist.)
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To: corkoman
If the 78 mill gross for first weekend is accurate than it doesnt need to have much in the way of legs, it has already walked a great deal down the road to commercial success.

I am thinking they probably have to have about $400 million gross to pay for the film. It might reach that mark, but this really needs to be a huge blockbuster if it is going to pay for all their other flops.

16 posted on 05/21/2006 5:43:52 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Jalapeno
Why the church assisted in marketing this film I will never know.

Well, let's just lay it on the line, it provides a great opportunity to witness Christ.

You should see all the "TALKS" at churches and various place about the FACTS of the book/movie.

This may be a case of what man meant for evil, God meant for good.

17 posted on 05/21/2006 5:44:06 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: kjo
Typical, Hollywood, anti-Christian propaganda.

Boycott it.

Historically, declaration of "Boycotts" by religious or political leaders have only resulted in higher tickets sales. Someday they will wake up an find they are being used by Hollywood, not attacked. Here we are talking about the film now. I don't see nearly as many posts about the Posiden movie...

This is nothing new...The Church did wonders for Jane Russell's film career. The political right (including FR) did wonders for Michael Moore's career. I could name and endless list of films and books that were put on the map by the Church or some political groups.

When you react emotionally and try to silence such a film, it almost always backfires, because it makes people curious.

Instead, being prepared for a reasonable dicussion and deabate on the subject is all that is required. Facts help. Drama doesn't.

18 posted on 05/21/2006 5:46:44 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: mtbopfuyn

I saw it Friday, and I enjoyed it. I don't understand all the hysteria. This should have no more impact on someone's faith than ET.


19 posted on 05/21/2006 5:50:41 AM PDT by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: Always Right
I am thinking they probably have to have about $400 million gross to pay for the film. It might reach that mark, but this really needs to be a huge blockbuster if it is going to pay for all their other flops.

Sony Corp. spent about $125 million to make the film, according to the Internet Movie Database, which tracks production costs.

20 posted on 05/21/2006 5:51:22 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: mtbopfuyn
What, you can't get over the fact it's FICTION?

Fiction doesn't matter? Don't tell that to the Rand/Heinlein devotees here. Fiction matters very much to a culture.

21 posted on 05/21/2006 5:54:05 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: corkoman

I heard the budget was around $200, but that might not have been accurate. I also heard that films net about 50% of gross, also not sure how accurate that is. But if they kept the cost to $125 million they will be in good shape, but I am sure they also dropped many millions in marketing.


22 posted on 05/21/2006 5:56:19 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right
Oh puh_leez, whereas the story is fiction, the underlying conspiracy theories and the slander of Christ and the Catholic Church is being put out as factual. Brown is very clear he believes the conspiracy theories.

So? Do you?

23 posted on 05/21/2006 6:00:49 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Aquinasfan
Also, the movie is setting box office records in Italy. Depressing, but not too surprising.

A friend from work just returned from a month near Lucca. She said she read Italy now has the lowest percentage of practicing Christians of any country in Europe. That's quite an accomplishment.

24 posted on 05/21/2006 6:04:19 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Aquinasfan

Saw it last night. The movie stinks, it's closwe to a Pink Panther movie than to The Passion. It won't go far, just a flash in the night.


25 posted on 05/21/2006 6:06:16 AM PDT by FastCoyote
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To: Always Right; corkoman
I also heard that films net about 50% of gross, also not sure how accurate that is.

Tough way to make a living! You must mean that the film company gets about 50% of the ticket price. I think that's about right. Ticket sales basically have to double production and advertising costs before they hit the break even point.

26 posted on 05/21/2006 6:11:30 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Aquinasfan
There was a real conspiracy outlined in the book but no one mentions it. Silas finds an icon under the church floor and it say Job. The secret codeword for the rose codex is APPLE!

If I were Gates and/or IBM I'd be pi$$ed!

27 posted on 05/21/2006 6:15:25 AM PDT by Young Werther
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To: sgtbono2002
Is is amazing to see people wasting their time and money going to see a film that tries to destroy their faith.

This book and film do nothing of the sort.

What is amazing to me is that people do not realize this is simply the Pauline view of Christianity vs. Gnostic view of Christianity.

What further amazes me is how many people are so utterly insecure in their own faith as to let a book and a movie rattle them so.

Fear, greed, guilt, envy and ignorance. Great motivators.....

28 posted on 05/21/2006 6:16:56 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Non-Sequitur
So? Do you?

I know the difference between gnostic texts and actual gospels. Most people don't.

29 posted on 05/21/2006 6:19:29 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Aquinasfan
I doubt this movie will have legs because people are just watching the film for its curiousity factor and the fact they're mostly people who have read the original novel.

Once X-Men: The Last Stand, Cars, Superman Returns, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest arrives later this Summer, The Di Vinci Code will be forgotten.

30 posted on 05/21/2006 6:33:23 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Thermalseeker
Fear, greed, guilt, envy and ignorance. Great motivators.....

Absolutely none of the above. It is a desire to fight against misinformation that is presented as fact to millions and millions of people.

31 posted on 05/21/2006 6:33:42 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Aquinasfan

The funniest review referred to this film of a "Mormon Missionary Movie" with its well-done cinematography and overearnest presentation. Perhaps Ron Howard took too seriously Dan Brown's fictional book, and became a Dan Brownite member in the Church of Dan Brown.


32 posted on 05/21/2006 6:37:01 AM PDT by Irish Queen
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To: corkoman
it has already walked a great deal down the road to commercial success.

Definately, a movie like this doesn't have a huge budget either. It will make the studio happy.

33 posted on 05/21/2006 6:37:48 AM PDT by Paradox (Removing all Doubt since 1998!)
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To: Always Right
Absolutely none of the above. It is a desire to fight against misinformation that is presented as fact to millions and millions of people.

Thank you for proving my point. I think you will find the bood The Da Vinci Code in the Fiction section......

34 posted on 05/21/2006 6:39:28 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Aquinasfan

The funniest review I read referred to this film as "Mormon Missionary Movie" with its well-done cinematography and overearnest presentation. Perhaps Ron Howard took too seriously Dan Brown's fictional book, and became a Dan Brownite member in the Church of Dan Brown.


35 posted on 05/21/2006 6:40:51 AM PDT by Irish Queen
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To: Thermalseeker
Thank you for proving my point. I think you will find the bood The Da Vinci Code in the Fiction section......

Thank you for not understanding propaganda. This movie is advertized using such slogans as 'everything your father taught you about Christianity is wrong'. Brown also maintains his whacky theories are historically accurate and supported by thorough research. Just because the main story is 'fiction', it slanders real people and religion in the process. If you think a fictional movie can not be used as a powerful propagation tool, you are sorely mistaken.

36 posted on 05/21/2006 6:43:47 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Aquinasfan

I really feel stupid, but for some reson I have ignored and tuned out everything about this book and movie.
What exactly is it about? Are there codes to decipher or are there ganes to coincide with the movie opening?

I read somewhere that a judge's verdict was to be decoded a la da vinci code? what did that mean? I'm really confused. Or is this just offshoot stuff from the hype?

Can someone explain this to me in the simplest of terms?


37 posted on 05/21/2006 6:50:57 AM PDT by mom4kittys
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To: Always Right

I saw the movie last night and didn't percieve it as a slander on Christ at all. It does definitely paint the Catholic Church in a bad light, however.

Is what the movie conjectures about Christ all that destabilizing to people's views about Christ? As I sat through the movie last night I was thinking to myself "So what?" It doens't change my faith in Christ.


38 posted on 05/21/2006 6:53:33 AM PDT by Burkean
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To: billorites

The book was interesting at the beginning and for a while, but the whole thing bogged down and became so mired in absurdity that by the time I finished it I wished I had spent the time reading something else.

Why would I want to pay to see a movie made by people that don't know how to film and edit film based on a book that had nothing to offer in the first place?

I'm not even religious and I found it to be, umm, what am I searching for......bad entertainment, at best? So you can bet it won't improve via hollywood retelling it on the screen.

Truly, the only thing that bothers me about this kind of drivel is that [apparently] the majority of movie goers in this country are incapable of destinguishing between fact and fiction, i.e. they believe to be fact whatever they see on the screen.


39 posted on 05/21/2006 6:53:45 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s...you weren't really there.)
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To: sgtbono2002

"Wouldnt it be great to see lightning hit about ten theaters and destroy them during the showing of this film? "




Oh, yeah, that'd be just great....are you nuts? There are people in those theaters you just wished to burn down. Fortunately, no such thing will happen. I'm sure you'll be disappointed.


40 posted on 05/21/2006 6:56:44 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: Brilliant

I had heard it was long and boring, too. It will self-destruct. They laughed at Cannes. You know that audience would have loved it if they'd had half a chance.


41 posted on 05/21/2006 7:00:16 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Always Right
If you think a fictional movie can not be used as a powerful propagation tool, you are sorely mistaken.

No, I am secure enough in my own faith so as to not let a fictional movie or book rattle that faith. Clearly, others are not so secure and as such they argue the points you cite from ignorance, fear, greed, guilt, and envy.

There is nothing new here, so why get so worked up about it?

42 posted on 05/21/2006 7:08:45 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: kjo

Hollywood only snagged it due to its phenomenal print success. It is patently absurd to suggest that it's an attempt by Hollywood to do anything other than make money.

I am amazed at the number of professional victims populating FR.


43 posted on 05/21/2006 7:16:44 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Always Right

When I heard about the book and later the movie I said, "Well, God must've figured it was time for a large, new harvest of believers in Jesus Christ!"


44 posted on 05/21/2006 7:20:53 AM PDT by Cedric
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To: bboop

Personally, I can't see who would be interested in watching a long boring fictionalized account of the Gospel.


45 posted on 05/21/2006 7:23:55 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Aquinasfan
A long slow moving and boring Ron Howard flop." Not even good anti-Christian propaganda!
46 posted on 05/21/2006 7:29:53 AM PDT by BellStar (I love Taylor Hicks !)
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To: Paradox
I saw the movie Friday night. I enjoyed the book, and I think the movie did it better justice than most movies do to their respective novels. It was a long movie, but it didn't drag. Opie got a bit too artsie-fartsie with his euro-econobox-in-reverse chase scene: that was the low point for me. Like the book it's a cerebral movie, so the adrenaline junkies aren't going to like it.

I think the net impact of the book and movie are positive for Christianity. While the plot is captivating, it is clearly fiction and doesn't hold up to the scrutiny of history.

47 posted on 05/21/2006 7:31:55 AM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Enhance Capitol security: Censure Cynthia!)
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To: mtbopfuyn

It changed me from being a Christian to "undecided"!


48 posted on 05/21/2006 7:33:39 AM PDT by The Worthless Miracle ("Better put some ice on that")
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To: Aquinasfan

Who cares! It's fiction. Get over it.


49 posted on 05/21/2006 7:36:48 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

Then you were never a Christian.


50 posted on 05/21/2006 7:37:24 AM PDT by Cedric
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