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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That is nonsense. It is precisely those who are "secure in their own faith" who oppose this book and film. They are trying to prevent the misleading of those who have a poor understanding of Christianity. They refuse to see this movie because they don't want to contribute to the accounts of those who are setting out to bring discord and corruption, not because they are afraid it might weaken their own faith. Too bad you can't say the same.
Exactly. The real issue is the people like Brown who want to paint Christ and the Bible as not neccessarily the absolute Truth and the only Way, and want to open up a more flexible path to salvation. In the end what they really want is a Christ who isn't going to challenge or threaten their lifestyle.
THIS Way to the great EGRESS!
The Gnostics were a cult that threatened the Christian faith by calling into question Jesus divinity. Dan Brown has dredged up all the Gnostic lies and proclaims them truth. The ignorant will believe him.
FR was created to debunk liberal lies of all stripes.
Be a patriot. Go see "United 93" instead.
Really, tell Dan Brown his theories are fiction. He will readily admit his factious characters are fiction, but not the thoroughly disproven conspiracy theories. His theories are an easy sell to the growing number of people who fear Christianity. And yes, there are millions of people buying into his blasphemy.
"Then you were never a Christian."
Neither was Jesus.
Well put. Many seem to want us to roll over and shut up. If a great liberal was slandered in such a way in a novel/movie, the liberal media would destroy and ridicule it. When a movie attacks a conservative, the liberals praise it for opening up discussion.
The "fiction" justification doesn't wash. How would you like it if someone wrote a book where you were the main character. They used your real name, birthdate, town you live in, job etc..., but than had you patronizing prostitutes or being into S&M or some such. The author would label it "fiction", but I bet you would be none to happy.
It was good!
The different segments on History/Nat'l Geo - etc, channels on Opus Dei, Knight's Templar, MM and other "nonexistent" "Brown lies" are helping, IMO, also.
Brown has been both vilified and credited with "ideas" that have been around for 2000 years.
As well as ancient writings, there are several NON-fiction books in print currently, many written before Brown's, on these same subjects. Nothing in the book/movie was a 'new' premise to me, as I have been reading these for a couple decades now.
Strikes me funny that no hue and cry has been made over all the NON-fiction books, with extensive biblios, on these 'ideas' - I guess not many people reading NON-fiction these days...
It took a mystery NOVEL (like in FICTION) to catch the attention of the public. But, hey, if it works to bring the LIGHT out on the past and present history - even if inconvenient for some power structures, well...
Jesus said "...you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
He also told us how to ascertain truth -
If a thing cannot take the LIGHT of day - oh well...
Free Republic would be pretty boring if we didn't have any conspiracy theories to kick around..
Since you saw the movie, I have a quick question. The audience at Cannes apparently burst out laughing when it was revealed who the last living descendant of Christ is. Do you mind telling us who it is?
I hope the producers sent the Catholic Churches some nice fruit baskets for all the free advertising they've been giving the movie.
The book was a mega seller ... and apparently better than the movie. But I suspect that most who plan to see the movie have read the book.
In the meantime, people who want to quash the movie sound like the people who condemn the cartoons of Mohammed. I would no more call for the banning of this movie any more than I would call for the banning of Mohammed cartoons.
Christians should stop being so fearful.
It's only going to "destabalize" the belief of people who were already weak in their faith anyway. It certainly didn't do anything to my Catholic fiance, or any other Catholics that I know personally that have seen the movie.
It's an attempt by Hollywood to cash in on a hugely popular book that was practically made for a movie. Nothing more.
Actually, non-fiction books like Holy Blood, Holy Grail did receiver much criticism and have been totally debunked by investigative journalists, and people involved in the book have admitted the hoax. What is really funny is why any intelligent person would spend the last couple of decades still reading the nonsense.
I've heard this rationale before: I'll see it, but I wont pay to...
that;s like saying I'll go down to the pub and get sloppy drunk but as long's I'm not the one paying for the drinks, no prob.
Perhaps your ID - Paradox - is apropos ;o)
(an aside: does anyone but me suspicion that the 'reviews' are orchestrated to try to suppress the movie going public? didn't work very well)
Are we at least allowed to be angry at those who who are spreading slander or should we just keep our mouths shut and go back to our beads?
Do you support banning the movie?
Do you support banning the book?
What surprises me is that some Freepers only want to debunk certain liberal lies and taunt those who would shine light on all liberal lies. Politics cannot be separated from religion and the left knows it. To negate conservative values all you need to do is trash Christianity. Too bad that more on FR do not grasp that too. The Libs get it.
Many people aren't taking it that way - no doubt in part because Brown insists that all his research for the novel is "absolutely true."
'Da Vinci undermines faith, survey claims
Controversy over film reaches fever pitch a day before its world debut
Alastair Grant / AP
Updated: 4:11 p.m. ET May 16, 2006
The Da Vinci Code has undermined faith in the Roman Catholic Church and badly damaged its credibility, a survey of British readers revealed Tuesday as tensions over and hype for the forthcoming film reached a fever pitch.
As its stars off headed to walk the red carpet at Cannes, where the film was set to debut Wednesday before a worldwide release Friday, at least two countries limited the film's release.
The British survey, released by a group of prominent Catholics, revealed that readers of Dan Brown's blockbuster novel are twice as likely to believe Jesus Christ fathered children and four times as likely to think the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei is a murderous sect.
I missed the riots, and the $1 bounty on the head of the author. I also missed Christians threaten to burn down any theater that showed the movie. Most of the effort in this country has been using the opportunity to inform people about the truth. I wish code supporters would stop being so fearful of their lies being exposed.
If this book moved you to unbelief, then you prefer to believe hoaxes over history.
Want a side order of tin foil?
Even if you don't believe Jesus was divine, the history the book is trying to claim is real is based on claims so untrue and so easily demonstably false, that if it was enough to change your feelings, then you just admitted that you prefer moonbattery to reality.
Did you really mead to say that?
By all means express your anger. But please stop short of a ban which only makes Christians are no better than the Muslims who can't abide pictures of Mohammed.
I'd venture to say that most people in the US who have read the book and will see the movies are Christians. I am one of them and my faith is not shaken.
Christians Republicans should stop being so fearful. What do a few lies matter?
Me too -
As to "impact" - if it makes people finally start doing their own research into the past histories, and using Jesus's criteria for knowing the truth of things...is that a bad thing? (It may make some who feel safe in being spoon fed uncomfortable - but it's an uncomfortable world.)
It is a book and a movie that is being used to attack Christianity and has nothing to do with truth.
Like Christians have the power to ban anything!
Asking people not to contribute to the coffers of those putting out this drivel is a good cause IMHO.
Sarah Jessica Parker showed up at your house?
I hope you told her she's a horse-faced twit.
I suspicion there was much more FREE 'marketing' done with all the hue and outcry! LOL
along with all the off-shoot programs on History/Nat'l Geo and other channels on Opus Dei, Knight's Templar, Roslyn Chapel, Mary Magdalene, etc ;o)
Where would you get that? I have posted hundreds of posts on the subject and read most of the threads. I have not seen anyone support a ban. There might be some support for a boycott, but most just want to discredit the lies Brown puts forth as fact. Most would have been happy with a disclaimer. Real people and groups should not be slandered under the guise of 'it's fiction'.
Do you support banning the movie?
Do you support banning the book?
If so, you are just like them.
Talk about it, educate people ... but don't act like a hardline fanatic.
It's a @&%$ing NOVEL !!!!!!
Dan Brown can claim his book is based on fact from now until Doomsday. That doesn't mean the book is based on fact.
Should have also been colored blue.
Why should Gates, etc be pi$$ed.
"Blue Apple" is a code word that has been around for hundreds of years
By all means talk it up and educate people. Boycott too. But, IIRC, the book is one of the biggest sellers in history.
TWM was kidding, yo.
BTW, Dan Brown's new book (due out soon) is about Mormonism. Will you be there shouting down the book?
Dan Brown defends the slanderous conspiracy theories he puts out, the promotion of the movie indicates otherwise, and most of his supporters believe it. So the 'it's fiction' line does not cut it.
No one is acting like a fanatic. There is more fanaticism on the side of Brown who want to shut up the criticism.
If Mormons are presented as a bunch of muderous thugs, I would. If the basis of the book is factual, that's another thing. Mormons tend to be decent people, although misguided in some critical areas.
Brown's defenders are this year's version of Natalie Maines.
COUNTRY MUSIC FANS: Hey Natalie! Your statements overseas were stupid, so we aren't gonna give you our money anymore!
NATALIE MAINES: Freedom of speech! Freedom of speech! You're trampling on my freedom of speech!
Yeah, PC-cons is a nicer term than I would use though. There are some who would like to exterminate all signs of Christianity out of the conservative movement.
I see you got my point! LOL
Which is where all this hoopla about the Davinci Code is going.
I really enjoyed the book (which I listened to on audio CDs) up until they got into that whole albino assassin thing. After that I pretty much waited for it to end.
Really, any Christian whose faith was swayed must have been hanging by a thread to begin with.
I read an entertaining article about the new book on Mormonism. It promises to be as incendiary for Mormons as the Da Vinci Code is to Christians.
This isn't about swaying Bible-believing Christians. It's about fooling non-believers and the ignorant.
This is a battle for those lost souls. This isn't about protecting Christians.
You beat me by 27 seconds.
Non-believers aren't going to believe so you have lost nothing there. If they later are drawn to the faith they will learn the truth. Ignorant people are easily swayed ... by anything ... not just a best seller.