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It's Official: 'Passion' Trumps the 'Code'
Human Events Online ^ | 30 May 2006 | Mary Claire Kendall

Posted on 05/30/2006 12:24:57 AM PDT by Aussie Dasher

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To: Aussie Dasher

I heard the Code was doing enormous box office in Catholic countries, e.g., Spain and Italy.


51 posted on 05/30/2006 6:22:01 AM PDT by dov12348
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To: Aussie Dasher; All

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MEL's -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts


...just for the LOVE of it..!!

.


52 posted on 05/30/2006 6:22:35 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Aussie Dasher

look for x men to drop like arock too.

(it was REALLY tortured writing. You don't have to be a fan to hate the x men turkey.)


I bet the suits are totally confused why two movies whith christ as the theme did not make it.


53 posted on 05/30/2006 6:44:44 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Aussie Dasher
As of May 29, 2006---Domestic: $145,481,000 (31.3%);+ Foreign: $319,500,000 (68.7%) = Worldwide: $464,981,000

If you wonder why Hollywood feels free to bash the US, it is simply a matter of good business. More than two-thirds of the revenues so far for this picture came from abroad.

54 posted on 05/30/2006 6:51:19 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Aussie Dasher; HairOfTheDog; ecurbh; RMDupree; RosieCotton; SuziQ; g'nad; Ramius; xzins; ...

Maybe it's just me, but I really don't think Jesus ever worried about box office draw.

And if ~we~ think it means anything, we've missed His point.


55 posted on 05/30/2006 6:56:05 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: Ichneumon

It's interesting how the people who start these schadenfreude threads can ignore the total box office for the film. $464,981,000 in two weekends is not shabby.

Mel Gibson's total take was $611,899,420.


56 posted on 05/30/2006 7:03:10 AM PDT by js1138 (Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!")
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To: BigSkyFreeper

It was PATHETIC.

An unbelievable premise. 1 dimentional characters. TOTALLY WASTED Kelsy Grammar. Seriously they should have changed the storm actress to someone who could ,,,,act.

Whoever wrote this was trying to say something but it was not about anything regarding normal human reactions.

The best special effects are all in the trailer. The rest is a snooooooze-a-palooza.

You leave not caring who died or who lived.

X men is pure hype and no product. Six people left very disappointed with a list of all the flaws in the movie.


57 posted on 05/30/2006 7:08:53 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Spin the numbers all you want, DaVinci Code has already brought in $460 million worldwide. Financially, it's a success. Worldwide it will almost certainly top Passion.


58 posted on 05/30/2006 7:11:00 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: glorgau

x men III was absurd.

The movie was a turkey so they tried to cover it up with special effects.

It was wasted charactes,
unbelievable premises
STUPID tactics to give a special effects moment.

Seriusly, did they outlaw boats so no magneto has the power to move a concrete and steel bridge? Which does not collapse without the tower supports?

please!

it is not even worth renting!


59 posted on 05/30/2006 7:15:18 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I've heard the latest X-Men isn't as good as the first two.

We enjoyed it immensely!

60 posted on 05/30/2006 7:17:53 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ; Corin Stormhands

As did other people who've seen it. I haven't seen any of these films being discussed, but I probably will as DVDs... The theater is what we hate :~D


61 posted on 05/30/2006 7:23:48 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: sully777
"The more people tell me this movie is bad, the more I want to see it."

Dog doo-doo tastes bad.

62 posted on 05/30/2006 7:24:45 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Crouching Tiger cost $15 million and looked like a $100 million dollar film.
DC cost $250 million,received zillions in MSM fee hype and looks like a $50 million dollar production.


63 posted on 05/30/2006 7:25:09 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: JSteff
I wonder when the code will end up in the $5.50 bin at Walmart? Any bets?

Considering it has brought in $465 million in two weeks, I'd say no time soon.

64 posted on 05/30/2006 7:30:08 AM PDT by MACVSOG68
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To: dangus

"50% is pretty bad."
Spiderman 2 & SW:EpIII dropped about 50% and they're considered successful movies. Well known titles seem to do this. DVC did drop more (a good thing IMO) but it's nowhere near the bottom of the barrel in drops (at least according to BoxOfficeMojo charts). I'm not sure how you're getting a 63% drop if not for the holiday weekend... DVC's 56-57% drop was for the 3 day weekend, if compared from last weeks (3days) to this weeks 4 day weekend the drop is 44%.

I agree the movie industry would make more money if they put out a quality product but they don't seem to care about that. Perhaps they're counting on the international box office to lap up their drek.


65 posted on 05/30/2006 7:30:41 AM PDT by Varda (meat-eating vegetarian)
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To: dov12348

"I heard the Code was doing enormous box office in Catholic countries, e.g., Spain and Italy."

I heard that anyone who ever attended catholic school is purchasing a ticket just to see the albino slug the nun.


66 posted on 05/30/2006 7:32:59 AM PDT by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: Aussie Dasher

It's a MOVIE. It's FICTION.

I just don't care.


67 posted on 05/30/2006 7:36:44 AM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: Varda

I think the movie makers knwo that they can slap hype on a blank screen and people will see it.

The angel in x men appears in 5 scenes (only two with the actor and special effect) which could be edited out of the movie for commecial time and not affect the movie.

We spent the time after the movie tearing it appart for every flaw and cliche and phoned in performance.

They slap it on 3000+ screens to beat the bad text message and word of mouth.


68 posted on 05/30/2006 7:47:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: JSteff
"Will Hollywood ever get the message? America is for all intents, Christian, conservative, and loves family movies."

They are playing to a global market now.

69 posted on 05/30/2006 7:48:30 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Wild open borders are so pre-9/11.)
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To: Varda

Well, I would argue that the Spider Man and Star Wars are about the *best* recent examples I can think of movies which failed to build off their inherent fan base. (Recognizing, of course, the difference between modern sequels and the old, and thankfully bygone, marketing mentality of, "Let's make a cheesy B movie on a shoestring budget, but stick the name of a blockbuster on it and see how much easy money we can get." Surely, there is an enormous difference between Spider Man 2 and Superman 3!) In fact, on my own column, I singled out Star Wars as precisely the comparison to make with the Da Vinci Code.

The difference, of course, between Sith and De Vinci, of course, is that Sith destroyed the existing first-day sales records, running on what was essentially a six-day opening weekend (by opening on a Wednesday), so that the entire weekend-going, premiere-seeking audience was largely spent.

Again, no-one is talking about there having been a lack of initial interest in the Da Vinci Code. All the talk about the so-so 2nd week take is about the failure of the movie to have legs.


70 posted on 05/30/2006 7:51:57 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Earthdweller

if they could "just ignore" america they would not even make movies for the US market.

For now they still need the US market.

PS Xmen the DVD is now available in all asian markets for $5 us.


71 posted on 05/30/2006 7:52:47 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory
No they can't completely ignore us..of course. Thank God. I don't know how much more anti-Christian they can get tho.
72 posted on 05/30/2006 7:57:49 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Wild open borders are so pre-9/11.)
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To: Valin

The best and funniest review I've read so far!


73 posted on 05/30/2006 8:28:34 AM PDT by Deo volente
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To: Question Liberal Authority
I really enjoyed National Treasure. It was almost as much fun as the Indianna Jones movies. The problem with the Devinci Code movie is that it takes itself too seriously.

Both the writer and the director of the DeVinci Code wanted their readers/audiences to believe that the story is really real. Overly earnest movies like "The DeVinci Code" and "Left Behind" remind me of Mormon missionary movies.

74 posted on 05/30/2006 8:54:26 AM PDT by Irish Queen
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To: singfreedom

Hi singfreedom,

You mentioned that you and your husband love the film "National Treasure"---it's very popular in our family, too! Last summer my wife and I and the kids took a trip to Philadelphia and walked the "National Treasure Tour". We saw many of the locations they used for the movie, including some small, obscure places. Remember when the female lead hides behind the deli counter? We found that exact spot. The people there were even able to give us little tidbits of inside information! After we left Philly we headed up to Washington D.C. and continued the tour.

By the way, before we started the "National Treasure Tour" we stopped outside Philadelphia and saw the field where "The Village" was filmed. I contacted the owner and he let us take a look around. Nothing is there now, just a big empty field, but it was neat to see it. And yes, we all wore red!

Brian


75 posted on 05/30/2006 8:59:10 AM PDT by Kharis13
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To: dangus
Was there like some kind of hypnotics device in the book's illustrations that has turned ordinarily reasonable people into an army of salivating idiots?

Good question. I think maybe what's going on is that some people will be against anything it seems to them, say, Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell is for, and for anything they are against.

By the way, the guy sitting across from me has almost as annoying as the Da Vinci Code... it's a Lyndon LaRouche pamphlet... That people buy into nutty stuff like that is proof enough for me that the "it's only a book" argument is dead wrong. Book, pamphlet or movie, ideas have consequences and any nutty ideas presented as fact should be resisted.

76 posted on 05/30/2006 10:30:03 AM PDT by mjolnir ("All great change in America begins at the dinner table.")
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To: TET1968
I heard that anyone who ever attended catholic school is purchasing a ticket just to see the albino slug the nun.

*snort*

77 posted on 05/30/2006 10:43:44 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Aussie Dasher

I did not see DiVinci Code, but are we going to have to compare Passion to every movie that comes out for the rest of our lives? I mean come on Passions was a good movie, but it is done and in the 5.99 bin at Walmart too. What does that mean? I am not trying to be disrespectful to a pretty descent movie, but the comparing on every movie is a bit much. I guess Cars is the next movie to be compared to the Passion. We started with Farenheit 911 and kept going....


78 posted on 05/30/2006 10:59:45 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Al Simmons
You've heard it backwards. Just saw "X-Men: The Last Stand" today. In my opinion, the first movie was so-so, the second one was very good, this one is awesome. In every sense of the word - phenomenal acting by Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman & co.

I agree.

Best line in the movie: "Grow those back!"

79 posted on 05/30/2006 12:04:14 PM PDT by PsyOp (The commonwealth is theirs who hold the arms.... - Aristotle.)
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To: sully777

A quarter billion dollars is not underwhelming. geez.


80 posted on 05/30/2006 12:05:27 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Aussie Dasher

Oh scratch my last totals
DaVinci Code has taken in

$464,981,000


81 posted on 05/30/2006 12:08:03 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Skooz
I suppose "Closed minded religion-bots" is your hateful and bigoted reference to Christians

Not at all! I am a Christian, just not a mind numbed robot follower of some greedy, fanatical cult. Please don't lump all Christians into a single category.
82 posted on 05/30/2006 1:11:06 PM PDT by wolfcreek
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To: BurbankKarl

DC is on my radar to watch based soley on the threads on the FR. Then I respect most of Ron Howard's work, particularly when Tom Hanks is involved in the projects.

BTW, $500,000,000 is an incredible achievement in a short span of time. Still, I'll probably wait for DVD or PPV.


83 posted on 05/30/2006 4:16:52 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: avg_freeper

Dog doo-doo tastes bad.



I'll take your word for it.


84 posted on 05/30/2006 4:24:32 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: sully777
Dog doo-doo tastes bad.
Dog doo-doo tastes bad.
Dog doo-doo tastes bad.
Dog doo-doo tastes bad.

There, by your logic it's even better.

85 posted on 05/30/2006 5:11:17 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: TET1968

"I heard that anyone who ever attended catholic school is purchasing a ticket just to see the albino slug the nun."

Heh.

Thank God I was a Jewish kid.


86 posted on 05/31/2006 6:27:34 AM PDT by dov12348
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To: avg_freeper

Your rhetorical skills leave me breathless


87 posted on 05/31/2006 1:34:27 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: durasell

Oh, much more serious than voting.

The dead can't buy tickets and go see movies, but they vote all the time. Most of them several times each.

For democrats.


88 posted on 05/31/2006 1:41:42 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Rotten tomatoes has it hovering around 50%. Not impressive.


89 posted on 05/31/2006 1:43:03 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: js1138

Interesting, do you have the world wides for the Passion of the Christ after two weeks?


90 posted on 05/31/2006 1:56:43 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: philo
To me the best scene in the movie is when Sophie tells that she came home unexpectantly and witnessed her "guardian" (Grand Master)grandfather, in some sort of weird ceremony.

He was having sex..............

91 posted on 05/31/2006 2:00:19 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Sory, I don't know how to get that.


92 posted on 05/31/2006 2:16:39 PM PDT by js1138 (Well I say there are some things we don't want to know! Important things!")
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To: Aussie Dasher
It's Official: 'Passion' Trumps the 'Code'

I wasn't aware it was a contest. Guess I haven't been reading FR enough.
93 posted on 05/31/2006 2:21:29 PM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive
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To: Kharis13

Your trip sounds wonderful! Being a history nut, and a teacher, I always look for ways to get my students hooked on learning. To me, "National Treasure" would be an amazing way to get young people interested, "vested" if you will, in the history of their own country!


94 posted on 06/01/2006 9:45:02 PM PDT by singfreedom ("Victory at all costs,.......for without victory there is no survival."--Churchill--that's "Winston")
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