FWIW, Reuters reports that The Da Vinci Code just had the second-biggest worldwide opening ever. In North America, the film grossed only $77 million — twelve other films have done better — but overseas, it grossed a record $147 million. The two figures combine to form $224 million, which is second only to the $253 million that Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith earned worldwide on its opening weekend last year.
The Da Vinci Code sets a new record
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Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).