The Da Vinci Code:Reactions to the film


Protests
There have been protesters at several movie theaters across the United States on opening weekend protesting the themes of the film, citing it as blasphemy and claiming that it shames both the Catholic Church, and Jesus Christ himself. More than 200 protesters also turned out in Athens, Greece to protest the film's release shortly before opening day. In Manila the movie was banned from all theathers and the set by the local MTRCB as an R18 movie for the Philippines.

In Pittsburgh, protesters also showed up at a specialscreening of the film the day before its widespread release.

Protests also occurred at the filming sites, but only a monk and a nun stood in a quiet protest at the Cannes premiere .


Critics' response
Critical response to the film is mixed.

Before the film was released in theaters, ratings for the DaVinci code on the Rotten Tomatoes website was poor. As of June 15, 2006, the film has a rating of 24% on the Rotten Tomatoes website, representing 47 positive reviews out of the 199 total reviews currently available. Consensus judgment by the Rotten Tomatoes critics: "What makes Dan Brown’s novel a best seller is evidently not present in this dull and bloated movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code."

On the one hand, the film was not well received at the Cannes Film Festival. [31] In addition, some film critics such as Michael Medved gave the film two stars (out of four) saying, ". . .all the considerable acting talent in the film is wasted . . ." and "the plot twists and sudden reverses . . . seem silly, arbitrary, and entirely contrived – never growing organically out of the story-line or the thinly sketched characters."

On the other hand, other critics liked the film. Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and stated, "the movie works; it's involving, intriguing and constantly seems on the edge of startling revelations." [33] Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer, who also liked the film, gave it three and a half out of four stars and noted, "unlike most Hollywood blockbusters, this one assumes audience members will be smart."


Box office response
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Opening weekend
Despite the protests and poor pre-release reviews, the film still opened with an estimated $29 million in box office sales on its opening day, averaging $7764 per screen.[10] During its opening weekend, moviegoers spent an estimated $77 million in America, and $224 million worldwide, according to Sony Pictures. The Da Vinci Code is the best domestic opening for both Tom Hanks and Ron Howard.[11]

It also enjoyed the biggest opening weekend for the year to date, and the second biggest worldwide opening weekend ever, just behind 2005's Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. [35] This has led some critics, particularly in the UK, to moot the idea of the 'critic-proof film' .


Ranking and current gross
The movie was easily the #1 movie domestically at the box office during the week of May 19-25, 2006, grossing $102.5 million during that span.
According to Boxofficemojo.com, as of June 22, 2006, The Da Vinci Code has grossed $201.5 million domestically (2nd highest of 2006) and $680.5 million worldwide (highest of 2006) since its release on May 19, 2006. On June 20, it became only the 2nd movie of 2006 to pass the $200 million mark on the domestic front.
In the Netherlands, the film was released on May 18 in 127 cinemas. The film debuted at #1 grossing over € 2,249,322 in its first week, the highest debut in 2006. In its second week, it topped the Boxoffice Top 10 again, grossing over €1,996,735 in that week. The two following weeks, it remained on the top position. As of June 14, the film has grossed a total of € 5,671,506.

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