Some observers of the The Da Vinci Code’s box office standing are asserting it has passed The Passion of the Christ in worldwide ticket sales.
As reported here earlier, The Passion of the Christ trumped The Da Vinci Code in
As of the start of Week 4, the gap in
Finally, if you analyze the internals — the trend in terms of dwindling numbers of people making the effort here in the states to trek to the movie theaters to see The Code — it’s clear it’s on its way out.
It’s useful, too, to compare The Da Vinci Code with Gone with the Wind, also based on a runaway best-selling novel, which, when adjusted for inflation, is the top-grossing film of all time. In 1939, Victor Flemming’s cinematic recreation of this Southern epic grossed $198,676,459 million but, at 50 cents per ticket, that equates to 398 million people who turned out to see the film in the US alone.
By contrast, when you calculate how many people have actually seen The Da Vinci Code in the
Quite obviously The Code has a long way to go to fulfill the promise of its best-selling novel status.
But, worldwide, it appears to making some headway. According to IMDb, as of Friday, June 9, The Code’s worldwide gross, including
If, again, you calculate how many people have actually seen the film — not just the gross number of the respective currency — worldwide less than 100 million souls have seen The Da Vinci Code, which falls woefully short of the promise such a breakaway best seller should hold.
Also, considering that
But, some might argue, the main comparison in the two previous articles was between The Passion and The Code. And, after all, the Bible is a best-seller, too.
OK, but let’s be fair and factor in the $203,651,032 in theatrical rentals for The Passion in the