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By Diogenes (articles ) | May 22, 2006

After all the hype, the gross revenues for the opening weekend showings of The Da Vinci Code fell short of the records previously set by 2 Star Wars movies, 4 Harry Potter movies, 2 Spider Man movies, The Passion of the Christ, and Shrek II.

This proves-- something, I'm sure. Suggested theories?

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  • Posted by: Italiana - May. 26, 2006 11:45 PM ET USA

    Theory: The agenda of the book/movie is like the agenda at local parishes/Mass. People opt out of seeing the movie because it's longer than a one hour Mass and they don't want to be bored for more than one hour. They also save money by giving only to the parish instead of to the movie theatre AND the parish. So it's a win/win situation. They're only bored for one hour and they save half their money.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 23, 2006 4:43 PM ET USA

    I am sure Brown and Howard are kicking themselves now saying "I knew I should have debunked the resurrection more directly. I know I said it to that reporter last year, but I think we would have been able to get a couple of extra private jets each if we had done that. AND it would have been even easier to pick up chicks! Oh well, there's always a sequel, maybe 'Michealangelo, Secret Crytographer' which tells the how the Protocols of Zion are not fakes, just like that Egyptian flick in 2002.

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - May. 23, 2006 2:31 PM ET USA

    The lack of Chris Eliot, star of the cult classic, Cabin Boy, has kept crowds to a minimum.

  • Posted by: Indian Catholic - May. 23, 2006 10:27 AM ET USA

    People are saving up for the X3 release next weekend?

  • Posted by: Ignacio177 - May. 23, 2006 9:31 AM ET USA

    They alienated the devout christian market and they lost the artistic movie buff market because it was not well done. But blinded by their irrational christophobia they did not see it coming.

  • Posted by: Canismater - May. 23, 2006 7:34 AM ET USA

    What a bust, and it's kind of a shame...this was generating so much excitement about Jesus that people were actually learning something.

  • Posted by: SentimentalGent - May. 22, 2006 8:23 PM ET USA

    P.T. Barnum said there is a sucker born every minute. When it comes to The DaVinci Code, he underestimated the birthrate.

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - May. 22, 2006 8:00 PM ET USA

    There is a great spiritual hunger in the world. It may seem more alluring than the Churches teaches and tradition. The problem is I think that they give little attention to the Eucharist. You want to be in the presence of Jesus on earth-attend Mass. St. Teresa of Avila said she laughed when people said they would like to walk with Jesus in Galilee. St Teresa said he is just as present in the Eucharist as he was when he walked the earth. It's awesome. Spiritually hungry? Attend Mass.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - May. 22, 2006 5:32 PM ET USA

    It did beat out "Scooby-Doo!" It also proves that there are still a sufficient number of suckers left in the world to fleece again by Dan Brown, the flim-flam man, and the Howard-Hanks duo of snake-oil peddlers..

  • Posted by: Coemgen - May. 22, 2006 5:29 PM ET USA

    That even bad reviews are good press for a bad movie?

  • Posted by: parochus - May. 22, 2006 5:06 PM ET USA

    Est autem fides credere quod nondum vides; cuius fidei merces est videre quod credis.

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