Even though critics are extremely lukewarm over Ron Howards'sThe Da Vinci Code, pic has reportedly taken in over $30 million domestically in its opening day. Though it hasn't broken any records yet (in the US), the film does join ten other films that have opened with $30 million or more, including Star Wars Episode I, X-Men 2, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
If Da Vinci stays strong, most are estimating the controversial pic will earn between $80 and $85 million by the time the weekend comes to a close. Internationally, it's taken in $43 million so far. Despite massive protests in Italy, Da Vinci broke an opening day record there, previously held by Roberto Benigni'sLife Is Beautiful. And, with $1.9 million, had France's second largest opening this year. With Japan opening up on Saturday, this film could potentially crack the $200 million dollar mark worldwide by Monday morning. Damn. Perhaps my Magic 8-Ball was right -- Da Vinci could be this summer's overall box office winner.