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 film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).