Some people may have hoped that The Da Vinci Code would sink like the Titanic not succeed like James Cameron's film Titanic.
Estimated Box office numbers are in and this weekends box office saw the Da Vinci Code getting an estimated 77 million dollars, Over the Hedge $37 million and Mission: Impossible III with $11 million (M:I III's 3rd week so far $103 million).
I think 77 million can be counted as a huge success for Ron Howard Sony. This is by far Tom Hank's biggest opener (in second is Saving Private Ryan $30.5 million opening weekend). And this is Ron Howard's biggest opener (in second is Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas with just over $55 million).
This made me wonder? Could Da Vinci Code top Titanic's record for the highest grossing movie ever...so I did some basic research.
When Paramount released Titanic December 19, 1997 it made $28.6 million it's opening weekend and was the number 1 film for 15 different weekends.
Bad causality would suggest that Da Vinci Code is in good shape with $77 million opening vs. $28.6 million Titanic earned.
Yet I think Da Vinci Code will be successful but will not become the #1 grossing domestic film all time.
Titanic's Upper Hand:
Better Critical Success: Titanic's critical reviews were glowing...Rottentomatoes.com reports an 86% fresh rating for Titanic compared to Da Vinci Code's 21% fresh rating.
More Teen Support: Teens (especially females) got behind Titanic seeing it in theaters multiple, multiple times (3, 6, 9...who's counting) and they're the ones with the disposable income.
No Anti-Campaigning: There was no boycott's that I can remember of any signifcance w/ Titanic (I remember some people were off-put by the steamy car scene, but otherwise not a controversial film).
Award Buzz: Titanic was getting nominations and winning awards while the film was still in theaters. (not to mention all the academy award nominations and wins...see James Cameron's picture with his award)
Less Movie Piracy: Films made available by illegal activities are more prolific now than 9 years ago.
***There is no way that Da Vinci Code could have 15 #1 weekends...I just can't see it. The fans of the books are itching to see the film adaptation and will fill theaters for the first couple weekends and the curious non-readers will catch it to and bring their friends...but fifteen weeks and 600 million...I can't see it happening.
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