Skip to comments.'Da Vinci Code' opens with estimated $29 million
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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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.
I found the book to be a pretty hard slog.
Depressing? What, you can't get over the fact it's FICTION? We're heading out to see the movie today.
Why the church assisted in marketing this film I will never know.
Ha, there's many a religious leader who welcomed the book. It brought more discussion of the Bible and lessons were taught on this.
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.
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.
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.
My son saw the movie last night. Said it was "long and boring."
So I guess you see nothing wrong with a movie that goes out of its way to blasphemize Jesus Christ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sony Corp. spent about $125 million to make the film, according to the Internet Movie Database, which tracks production costs.
Fiction doesn't matter? Don't tell that to the Rand/Heinlein devotees here. Fiction matters very much to a culture.
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.
So? Do you?
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.
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.
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.
If I were Gates and/or IBM I'd be pi$$ed!
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.....
I know the difference between gnostic texts and actual gospels. Most people don't.
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.
Absolutely none of the above. It is a desire to fight against misinformation that is presented as fact to millions and millions of people.
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.
Definately, a movie like this doesn't have a huge budget either. It will make the studio happy.
Thank you for proving my point. I think you will find the bood The Da Vinci Code in the Fiction section......
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
"Wouldnt it be great to see lightning hit about ten theaters and destroy them during the showing of this film? "
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.
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?
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.
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!"
Personally, I can't see who would be interested in watching a long boring fictionalized account of the Gospel.
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.
It changed me from being a Christian to "undecided"!
Who cares! It's fiction. Get over it.
Then you were never a Christian.