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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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To: Thermalseeker
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.

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.

51 posted on 05/21/2006 7:37:51 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: mollynme; Thermalseeker
That is nonsense. It is precisely those who are "secure in their own faith" who oppose this book and film.

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.

52 posted on 05/21/2006 8:12:14 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Aquinasfan

THIS Way to the great EGRESS!


53 posted on 05/21/2006 8:13:29 AM PDT by RadioCirca1970 (there's a sucker born every minute....)
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To: Thermalseeker
What amazes me is that you don't get it.

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.

54 posted on 05/21/2006 8:14:50 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

Be a patriot. Go see "United 93" instead.


55 posted on 05/21/2006 8:15:36 AM PDT by texasmountainman (Remember the heroic men and women of Flight 93-go watch United 93.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Who cares! It's fiction. Get over it.

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.

56 posted on 05/21/2006 8:16:49 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Cedric

"Then you were never a Christian."

Neither was Jesus.


57 posted on 05/21/2006 8:19:14 AM PDT by The Worthless Miracle ("Better put some ice on that")
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To: DJ MacWoW
FR was created to debunk liberal lies of all stripes.

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.

58 posted on 05/21/2006 8:20:41 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: mtbopfuyn
Depressing? What, you can't get over the fact it's FICTION?

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.

59 posted on 05/21/2006 8:23:27 AM PDT by southern rock
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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.

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...

60 posted on 05/21/2006 8:23:47 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: Always Right
Brown is very clear he believes the conspiracy theories.

Free Republic would be pretty boring if we didn't have any conspiracy theories to kick around..

61 posted on 05/21/2006 8:23:57 AM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: Enterprise

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?


62 posted on 05/21/2006 8:25:08 AM PDT by Juana la Loca
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To: Aquinasfan

I hope the producers sent the Catholic Churches some nice fruit baskets for all the free advertising they've been giving the movie.


63 posted on 05/21/2006 8:25:45 AM PDT by Quick1 (There is no Theory of Evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.)
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To: Always Right

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.


64 posted on 05/21/2006 8:26:25 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: kjo

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.


65 posted on 05/21/2006 8:28:28 AM PDT by Quick1 (There is no Theory of Evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.)
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To: maine-iac7
Strikes me funny that no hue and cry has been made over all the NON-fiction books, with extensive biblios, on these 'ideas'

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.

66 posted on 05/21/2006 8:28:41 AM PDT by Always Right
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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.

LOL

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)

67 posted on 05/21/2006 8:29:04 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: BunnySlippers
Christians should stop being so fearful.

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?

68 posted on 05/21/2006 8:29:52 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Always Right

Do you support banning the movie?
Do you support banning the book?


69 posted on 05/21/2006 8:31:16 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: The Worthless Miracle

Duh.


70 posted on 05/21/2006 8:31:35 AM PDT by Cedric
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To: Always Right

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.


71 posted on 05/21/2006 8:32:20 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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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.

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."

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'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.

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72 posted on 05/21/2006 8:32:29 AM PDT by The Iguana
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To: BunnySlippers
In the meantime, people who want to quash the movie sound like the people who condemn the cartoons of Mohammed.

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.

73 posted on 05/21/2006 8:32:56 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: The Worthless Miracle

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?


74 posted on 05/21/2006 8:33:22 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: mollynme

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.


75 posted on 05/21/2006 8:34:16 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: BunnySlippers
Christians should stop being so fearful

Christians Republicans should stop being so fearful. What do a few lies matter?

76 posted on 05/21/2006 8:34:26 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Enterprise
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.

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.)

77 posted on 05/21/2006 8:34:53 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: Thermalseeker

It is a book and a movie that is being used to attack Christianity and has nothing to do with truth.


78 posted on 05/21/2006 8:35:47 AM PDT by TAdams8591
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To: BunnySlippers
But please stop short of a ban

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.

79 posted on 05/21/2006 8:37:06 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Candor7

Sarah Jessica Parker showed up at your house?

I hope you told her she's a horse-faced twit.


80 posted on 05/21/2006 8:37:25 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Pudding won't fill the emptiness inside me . . . but it'll help.)
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To: Always Right
but I am sure they also dropped many millions in marketing.

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)

81 posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:40 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: BunnySlippers
Do you support banning the movie? Do you support banning the book?

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'.

82 posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:44 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right


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.


83 posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:54 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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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.

It's a @&%$ing NOVEL !!!!!!

84 posted on 05/21/2006 8:38:59 AM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Always Right

Dan Brown can claim his book is based on fact from now until Doomsday. That doesn't mean the book is based on fact.


85 posted on 05/21/2006 8:39:53 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Pudding won't fill the emptiness inside me . . . but it'll help.)
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To: Young Werther
The secret codeword for the rose codex is APPLE!

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

86 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:06 AM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: Always Right

By all means talk it up and educate people. Boycott too. But, IIRC, the book is one of the biggest sellers in history.


87 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:06 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: Cedric; The Worthless Miracle

TWM was kidding, yo.


88 posted on 05/21/2006 8:41:08 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Pudding won't fill the emptiness inside me . . . but it'll help.)
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To: Always Right

BTW, Dan Brown's new book (due out soon) is about Mormonism. Will you be there shouting down the book?


89 posted on 05/21/2006 8:42:15 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: Robe
It's a @&%$ing NOVEL !!!!!!

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.

90 posted on 05/21/2006 8:43:45 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: BunnySlippers
Talk about it, educate people ... but don't act like a hardline fanatic.

No one is acting like a fanatic. There is more fanaticism on the side of Brown who want to shut up the criticism.

91 posted on 05/21/2006 8:45:15 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: BunnySlippers
BTW, Dan Brown's new book (due out soon) is about Mormonism. Will you be there shouting down the book?

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.

92 posted on 05/21/2006 8:48:36 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right

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!




CHRISTIANS: Dan Brown's story is anti-Christian propaganda masquerading as popular fiction. Hopefully people won't go see this schlock and be misled by it.

LIBERALS & POLITICALLY CORRECT CONSERVATIVES (PC-Cons): You people are as bad as the Nazis, the Taliban, or the Iranian Ayatollahs!


93 posted on 05/21/2006 8:49:46 AM PDT by puroresu (Conservatism is an observation; Liberalism is an ideology)
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To: puroresu
LIBERALS & POLITICALLY CORRECT CONSERVATIVES (PC-Cons):

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.

94 posted on 05/21/2006 8:52:57 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Xenalyte
Sarah Jessica Parker showed up at your house? >>>>>>>>>

I see you got my point! LOL

Which is where all this hoopla about the Davinci Code is going.

95 posted on 05/21/2006 8:53:51 AM PDT by Candor7
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To: Always Right

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.


96 posted on 05/21/2006 8:54:35 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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To: BunnySlippers; Always Right
Really, any Christian whose faith was swayed must have been hanging by a thread to begin with.

This isn't about swaying Bible-believing Christians. It's about fooling non-believers and the ignorant.

97 posted on 05/21/2006 8:57:59 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: BunnySlippers
Really, any Christian whose faith was swayed must have been hanging by a thread to begin with.

This is a battle for those lost souls. This isn't about protecting Christians.

98 posted on 05/21/2006 8:59:26 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: DJ MacWoW

You beat me by 27 seconds.


99 posted on 05/21/2006 9:00:07 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: DJ MacWoW

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.


100 posted on 05/21/2006 9:00:31 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (We want our day: A day without hearing SPANISH ...)
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