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Will ''The Da Vinci Code'' be a box office hit?

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Will Da Vinci crack the blockbuster code? Its literary predecessors may offer some logical clues.

162

Number of weeks The Da Vinci Code has spent on the New York Times best-seller list

12

Publishers who rejected John Grisham’s first novel, Time to Kill

0

Novels Harper Lee published after To Kill a Mockingbird

78

Percentage of the 1911 Les Misérables budget that went to Victor Hugo’s estate

$3 million

The miserable opening-weekend gross for 1990’s Bonfire of the Vanities

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