Passion: #13 all-time

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    (Reuters) Mel Gibson remained the top draw at the box office as the filmmaker's controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ," topped ticket sales with an estimated haul of $51.4 million in its second weekend, its distributor said on Sunday.

    After 12 days in release, the gritty recount of the last 12 hours of Christ's life has soared to $212 million. Some rival studios said the $51.4 million estimate could be a little conservative, and the number could be higher when final data are released on Monday. Such was the case last week, when weekend sales turned out to be $83.9 million, about $7.7 million above the estimate.

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    "Passion" woldwide box office as of today:

    United States and Canada $212,034,939
    Australia $5,400,000
    New Zealand $439,315
    Greece $350,700
    Poland $1,400,000

    Total $219,624,954
     
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    ANDY ROONEY READS SOME OF THE RECORD-BREAKING RESPONSE TO HIS FEB. 22 COMMENTARY MENTIONING “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” - “60 MINUTES” SUNDAY

    Response to Andy Rooney’s Feb. 22 commentary on religion in the news was the largest for any 60 MINUTES topic in the 36 seasons of the broadcast and Rooney will read some of it on “60 MINUTES” this Sunday, March 14 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television network.

    http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=upsell_article&articleID=VR1117901662&categoryID=14&cs=1
     
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    WorldWide Passion receipts:

    United States and Canada $232,379,231
    Australia $5,400,000
    New Zealand $439,315
    Greece $350,700
    Poland $1,244,627
    Total $239,813,873
     
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    As the overwhelming success of "The Passion of the Christ" reverberates through Hollywood, producers and studio executives are asking whether the movie industry has been neglecting large segments of the American audience eager for more openly religious fare.

    During the weekend the film took in another $31.6 million, increasing the total box office to $264 million in nearly three weeks, according to Exhibitor Relations, which tracks ticket sales.

    Unlike many blockbusters, the movie has not dropped precipitously soon after a huge opening weekend. It is expected to finish its domestic run taking in well over $300 million in box-office receipts. . .

    That number will only swell when the film is released internationally, beginning in Europe and Latin America in the next few weeks. The foreign audience is expected to be huge. And 20th Century Fox is in negotiations to distribute the DVD and videocassette, which is also expected to be immensely profitable.

    "You can't ignore those numbers," said Mark Johnson, a veteran film producer. "You can't say it's just a fluke. There's something to be read here."

    The movie's box-office success has been chewed over in studio staff meetings and at pricey watering holes all over Hollywood, echoed in interviews with numerous executives in the last week. In marketing departments the film is regarded as pure genius; its director, Mel Gibson, is credited with stoking a controversy that yanked the film from the margins of the culture to center stage, presenting it as a must-see.

    There is little doubt at the studios that the movie will affect decision making in the short and the long term. Some predict, as one result, a wave of New Testament-themed movies or more religious films in general.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/15/movies/15PASS.html?ex=1079931600&en=1f6554274524404c&ei=5062&partner=GOOGLE
     
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    Mel Gibson's unprecedented hit, The Passion of the Christ, already has changed Hollywood forever. Those industry insiders who deny the significance of the transformation are fooling only themselves.

    . . . Less than a week after the release of The Passion, a colorful ad covering two full pages appeared in USA TODAY and other national newspapers, announcing an ambitious film (scheduled for Christmas 2005) based on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe written by the great Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis. The willingness of Walt Disney Pictures, newly partnered with Walden Media, to announce this undertaking so far in advance and in such splashy style surely relates to the astonishing ability of the Gibson film to draw wary moviegoers back to theaters.

    As a heavenly voice explained in Field of Dreams, another classic film about eternity and timeless values: "If you build it, he will come." The already visible eagerness to create additional projects that appeal to the nation's deep commitment to its Judeo-Christian heritage suggest that The Passion will be remembered as an historic turning point, rather than a freakish anomaly or an isolated experiment. The movie has helped Hollywood discover not just a new formula, but also a new audience.

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2004-03-14-medved_x.htm
     
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    An Unbelievable True Story

    Here is a true story by Paul Harvey. Pass it to anyone who you think would find it interesting and inspiring. You will be surprised who this young man turns out to be. (Do not look at the bottom until you have read it fully, Please)

    Years ago a hardworking man took his family from New York State to Australia to take advantage of a work opportunity there. Part of this man's family was a handsome young son who had aspirations of joining the circus as a trapeze artist or an actor. This young fellow, biding his time until a circus job or even one as a stagehand came along, worked at the local ship yards which bordered on the worse section of town.

    Walking home from work one evening this young man was attacked by five thugs who wanted to rob him. Instead of just giving up his money the young fellow resisted. However they bested him easily and proceeded to beat him to a pulp.
    They mashed his face with their boots, and kicked and beat his body brutally with clubs, leaving him for dead. When the police happened to find him lying in the road they assumed he was dead and called for the Morgue Wagon.

    On the way to the morgue a policeman heard him gasp for air, and they immediately took him to the emergency unit at the hospital. When he was placed on a gurney a nurse remarked to her horror, that this young man no longer had a face. Each eye socket was smashed, his skull, legs, and arms fractured, his nose literally hanging from his face, all is teeth were gone, and his jaw was almost completely torn from his skull. Although his life was spared, he spent over a year in the hospital. When he finally left, his body may have healed but his face was disgusting to look at. He was no longer the handsome youth

    When the young man started to look for work again he was turned down by everyone just on account of the way he looked. One potential employer suggested to him that he join the freak show at the circus as The Man Who Had No Face. And he did this for a while. He was still rejected by everyone and no one wanted to be seen in his company. He had thoughts of suicide. This went on for five years.

    One day he passed a church and sought some solace there. Entering the church he encountered a priest who had saw him sobbing while kneeling in a pew.

    The priest took pity on him and took him to the rectory where they talked at length.

    The priest was impressed with him to such a degree that he said that he would do everything possible for him that could be done to restore his dignity and life, if the young man would promise to be the best Catholic he could be, and trust in God's mercy to free him from his torturous life. he young man went to Mass and communion every day, and after thanking God for saving his life, asked God to only give him peace of mind and the grace to be the best man he could ever be in His eyes.

    The priest, through his personal contacts was able to secure the services of the best plastic surgeon in Australia. There would be no cost to the young man, as the doctor was the priest's best friend.

    The doctor too was so impressed by the young man. Whose outlook now on life, even though he had experienced the worst, was filled with good humor and love.

    The surgery was a miraculous success. All the best dental work was also done for him. The young man became everything he promised God he would be. He was also blessed with a wonderful, beautiful wife, many children, and success in an industry which would have been the furthest thing from his mind as a career, if not for the goodness of God and the love of the people who cared for him. This he acknowledges publicly.

    The young man. Mel Gibson.

    His life was the inspiration for his production of the movie "The Man Without A Face." He is to be admired by all of us as a God fearing man, a political conservative, and an example to all as a true man of courage.

    Friends: With all the attention the movie "The Passion of The Christ" is getting now and thus attention to Mel Gibson, I thought some might be interested in the above story from Paul Harvey. It provides insight as to what God has done in Mel's life and why he feels so compelled to produce this film.


    The above was Emailed to me from my Aunt & Uncle in Florida. I don't know if it's all true, but, it's a Heart moving story!!

    Love,

    Kristi Ann
     
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    Qataris stand in line to buy tickets of Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ!

    DOHA - Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" made its debut Sunday in Qatar, the first Gulf Arab state to publicly screen the controversial movie.

    The movie will be shown to the public in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) beginning March 31 after being given the green light by the ministry of culture and information, the UAE's Gulf News reported Sunday. The film is being shown three times a day in a cinema in Doha and will be screened for at least one month.

    Three other Gulf states are currently still reviewing the film.
     
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    That picture rocks!!
     
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    Why is that so Saggy... 'cause you see a bunch of men dressed up in their nightgowns and cover their heads with kitchen towel?! :cool: [​IMG] [​IMG]

    BTW, I think that the movie is overly advertised. I prefer the book over the movie anytime. Come to think of it.... I have already read the BOOK before the movie was ever conceived. [​IMG]
     
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    Kristi Ann,
    The story about Mel Gibson is not only not by Paul Harvey it is not true. It is an Urban Legend.
    It is a nice story though.
     
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    Why is that so Saggy... 'cause you see a bunch of men dressed up in their nightgowns and cover their heads with kitchen towel?!

    BTW, I think that the movie is overly advertised. I prefer the book over the movie anytime. Come to think of it.... I have already read the BOOK before the movie was ever conceived.

    This quote is from Barnabas and I have a question if you have read the BOOK why don't apply it to your life which you clearly demonstrate you don't do by you prejorative remarks about the ordinary dress of another nations people. It ain't funny and only serves to underline the hatred that you must feel in your heart toward Muslim people.
     
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    Sure does.

    Amazing to see people lined up to see a movie about Jesus' sacrifice in heavily Islamic Quatar (where Islam is the state religion).
     
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    DOHA (Qatar) March 23 - It's been full house each day at the three main cinemas in Qatar and seat bookings have stretched for days ahead as Qatar notched another first by being the first Gulf Arab country to screen the controversial Mel Gibson epic "Passion of Christ". The film debuted in Qatar on Sunday.

    The same day, newspapers in the United Arab Emirates reported with much fanfare that local censors there had cleared the movie for release in the glamorous regional hub Dubai on that day.

    In Lebanon, Passion broke all previous opening records during its release last Thursday with 58,337 admissions in its opening weekend or 80 per cent of all box office admissions for the week.

    The film was released last Wednesday in Jordan and last Thursday in Syria, where it broke opening weekend box office records.

    In Egypt, the film got the censors' approval last Saturday and is slated to be released on March 31.

    Debsi said approval from the authorities in Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman was pending.

    http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/content.asp?y=2004&dt=0324&pub=Utusan_Express&sec=Entertainment&pg=en_01.htm
     
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    Once this great movie makes its way through the Muslim countries, we can expect that a new one will be financed by the oil barons over there... only about the life of Mohammad. Battling religions, start your holy war engines.

    But at least it won't be real people being killed in the battle... like in the streets of Iraq under the Bush set direction.
     
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    Mel Gibson's drama smashed Fox opening records in Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, notching industry highs in Venezuela and Bolivia. Argentina delivered an estimated $788,000 on 127 screens and Venezuela generated $405,000 on 78.

    Crucifixion tale reigned in its second chapter in Mexico, grossing $3.2 million (falling by a reasonable 34%), upping the market cume to a stellar $11.2 million; and in Brazil, minting $1.8 million (up 1%), scoring $4.8 million thus far. Pic also ruled in Taiwan, nailing approximately $364,000 on 41. Fox, which has the rights in Latin America and parts of Asia, projected the weekend's take at $9.1 million on around 2,024 screens, elevating the cume in its markets to $25.1 million.

    In the U.K., "Passion" aroused a projected $2.9 million, fractionally ahead of fellow frosh "Dawn of the Dead." That would bring the biblical epic's market total to $4.4 million, including two weeks in Ireland. As a rough estimate, pic has collected around $52 million abroad.

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117902427?categoryid=13&cs=1
     
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    This and the rest of your post is FANTASTIC. That is such a wonderful way to reach into the Muslim world where missionaries are restricted. [​IMG]
     

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