Will Da Vinci crack the blockbuster code? Its literary predecessors may offer some logical clues.
Number of weeks The Da Vinci Code has spent on the New York Times best-seller list
Publishers who rejected John Grisham's first novel, Time to Kill
Novels Harper Lee published after To Kill a Mockingbird
Percentage of the 1911 Les Misérables budget that went to Victor Hugo's estate
The miserable opening-weekend gross for 1990's Bonfire of the Vanities