LATEST SUNDAY AM UPDATE: Sony Pictures told me exclusively this morning that Da Vinci Code earned $224 million worldwide, making it the second biggest opening weekend of all time worldwide. (The only movie that did better was Star Wars 3, the last of the prequels, with $254 mil). That DVC figure broke down to $147 mil internationally, and $77 mil domestically. The studio told me that the film is the No. 1 all-time opening weekend internationally. DVC was #1 in predominantly Catholic countries Italy and Spain, and #1 or #2 in every South American territory. Sony execs explained to me that the reason for the huge success is that “young people” including teens were going to see the film worldwide as well as adults. But all audience segments were doing well, even infrequent filmgoers. “We are absolutely thrilled with the worldwide opening of this movie and it’s a true international event,” the chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group, Amy Pascal, told me Sunday morning. “And we got some very good reviews. Mainstream critics liked the the movie all over the world; it just wasn’t all negative.” According to Box Office Mojo, DVC ranked #13 on the all-time U.S. opening weekend, behind Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. But, internationally, DVC swamped Passion. Interestingly, domestically, DVC dipped slightly on Saturday compared to Friday, $27 mil compared to $29 mil, and Sunday’s haul was projected at $20 mil. Meanwhile, U.S. box office was strong overall: Dreamworks/Paramount’s Over the Hedge took in $37 mil for the opening weekend, which wasn’t far behind Dreamworks’ last big cartoon hit, Madagascar, which had a 2005 opening of $47 mil from 4,131 theaters, but that was over Memorial Day weekend.
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