'Da Vinci' Breaks Overseas Records
Worldwide audiences thumb their collective noses at dismissive critics
Braving generally dismissive reviews, the Tom Hanks vehicle pulled in an estimated $147 million overseas for the three-day period ending Sunday, May 21. Those figures, assuming they stay stable when the final figures are released, would represent the largest international bow ever, topping the $145 million earned by "Star Wars III -- Revenge of the Sith" in its opening weekend last year.
Exceeding all expectations, "Da Vinci" made a mockery of the $22.2 million second place foreign finish for "Mission: Impossible III."
According to Variety, the controversial Dan Brown adaptation had its biggest foreign outing in the United Kingdom, where it made $15.7 in 1,098 theaters. In Germany, it made $12.3 million, while the film also made more than $11 million in France, Italy, Japan and Spain.
With its worldwide cumulative box office already at $224 million, "The Da Vinci Code" will face a tough test next weekend from "X-Men: The Last Stand."
In the United States, the "Da Vinci" premiere with the 13th highest all-time, and easily topped "Ice Age: The Meltdown" as the year's best thus far.