Critics be damned, then. Seems countries like Australia and New Zealand where it’s been yesterday for some time, are building special rooms just to hold all the cash piling up from The Da Vinci Code. And over in Europe, the only country where it hasn’t screened “incredibly well” is France – and not just because they’re French but because the film opened the same day as a soccer match. And they’re loving it in Portland and Miami Beach as well. What about New York? you ask. Says Nikki Finke on her Deadline Hollywood site:
Early reports say the matinees out of New York City were “giant-sized.” I’ve learned that Sony execs are “very happy.” As for the rotten reviews, I hear the Sony suits are taking the attitude that the critics are out of touch with the public and counting on Da Vinci Code being reviewer-proof. After all, this movie is based on a book that sold 40+ million copies; flick qualifies for the “phenomenon” category, good or bad.