posted on Mar, 5 2004 @ 09:23 AM
Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" is shattering box office records left
and right. The movie is the biggest February opening of all time, highest grossing foreign-language film in North America ever. After beating LOTR
Return of the King. Only Star Wars Phantom Menace surpasses it for best 5 day opening ever. This movie is going beyond the initial hype, it's a
mainstream, must-see film.
Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ has broken the US five-day box office record held by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
Gibson's controversial religious movie made $125.2m (£68.2m) in its first five days, updated figures have confirmed.
That pushed it past the Oscar-winning Rings film's earlier record of $124.1m
The Passion, which has faced much controversy has gone
beyond being the best selling religious film of all times. Its officially a hit. The film is a mainstream event that people discuss at the watercooler
at work. But there is one broken record that is not getting mentioned. The media is talking about Christ. Every day on the news there are discussions
about who killed Christ. Is this an accurate portrayal of the life of Jesus? Were the Jews responsible for the death of Jesus? Yes! Even the most
liberal media is talking about Jesus. This discussion carries over into Europe as well.
Has there ever been such a debate in the United States (or world) about the life and death of Jesus? This movie has the potential to do more than sell
tickets. It's a major cultural event. If you look at the New York Times bestseller list you will find that most categories have religious books in
the top 10. A book to accompany the film sold out of all 150,000 copies almost instantly, while a book Gibson used for the movie - The Dolorous
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ - has seen sales jump from 3,000 in 2002 to 17,000 this February alone. With all of this debate and discussion, the
question has to be asked. What does all of this mean? Is this God's last call for America? Hard to say, but its probably true that nothing like this
will ever happen again. When you add this the list of other events in the news it paints an interesting picture. (War, earthquakes, daily trouble in
Israel, and The Passion of the Christ.)
After breaking almost every record in the book, The Passion of the Christ has created a new record that never even existed before. This last Easter
weekend, the Passion claimed #1 spot in the box office again. The previous 3 weeks other movies had lead the way in sales, but the Passion is back on
top again. Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations said, "That's unprecedented. I've never seen that before.
'The Passion' is just rewriting box-office history."
Fox News - "The Passion Rises Again"
[Edited on 12-4-2004 by dbates]