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Monday, March 15, 2004

“The Passion..- the update”

LOS ANGELES - ýThe Passion of the Christţ was the top film for a third straight weekend, taking in $31.7 million and pushing its total beyond a quarter of a billion dollars.


Mel GibsonÝs dramatization of ChristÝs final hours climbed to $264 million in the United States and Canada after 19 days in theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday.

With solid receipts expected through Easter on April 11, ýThe Passionţ is on track to gross between $350 million and $400 million, said Rob Schwartz, head of distribution for Newmarket Films, which handled the release.

That would put it on par with

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Posted by bbeard on 03/15 at 09:31 PM in Movies
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Monday, March 08, 2004

The Passion of Christ still in Charge

LOS ANGELES - Mel GibsonÝs ýThe Passion of the Christţ took in $51.4 million in its second weekend to remain the top movie, racing past the $200 million mark in just 12 days.

Ben Stiller and Owen WilsonÝs action comedy ýStarsky & Hutchţ debuted in second place with $29.05 million, while Viggo MortensenÝs horse-racing adventure ýHidalgoţ opened at No. 3 with $19.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday
The Passion,ţ GibsonÝs bloody re-enactment of ChristÝs crucifixion, has grossed $212 million so far in the United States and Canada. The movie is expected to top $300 million, said Bob Berney, president of Newmarket Films. The independent distributor was hired by Gibson to release ýThe Passionţ after Hollywood studios passed on it.

The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Christ, held up strongly, with receipts down just 39 percent from its huge opening weekend of $83.8 million. Movies debuting to such high numbers often drop 50 percent or more in their second weekends.

The Passionţ propelled Hollywood to a second straight weekend of rising revenues after a prolonged slump. The top 12 movies grossed $131.5 million, up 39 percent from the same weekend last year.

Before ýThe Passionţ opened, box-office revenues had been running 7 percent behind last yearÝs. Two big weekends for ýThe Passionţ have pulled the industry virtually even with last yearÝs receipts, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations

Posted by bbeard on 03/08 at 12:35 PM in Movies
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Thursday, March 04, 2004

The passion passes the return of the king

the passion is quickly igniting the passions of america.  with an adjusted opening number of 125.2 million just over 5 days, bean counters are estimating that the film could easily reach towards 300 million by the summer - thats just in america.

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Posted by bbeard on 03/04 at 02:02 PM in Movies
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Tuesday, March 02, 2004

~"The Passion” - what the criticas are saying

Roger Ebert, Chicago-Sun Times
“What Gibson has provided for me, for the first time in my life, is a visceral idea of what the Passion consisted of. That his film is superficial in terms of the surrounding message ˇ that we get only a few passing references to the teachings of Jesus ˇ is, I suppose, not the point. ... Is the film ‘good’ or ‘great?’ I imagine each person’s reaction (visceral, theological, artistic) will differ. I was moved by the depth of feeling, by the skill of the actors and technicians, by their desire to see this project through no matter what.”

David Denby, The New Yorker
“The movie Gibson has made from his personal obsessions is a sickening death trip, a grimly unilluminating procession of treachery, beatings, blood, and agony. ... Gibson is so thoroughly fixated on the scourging and crushing of Christ, and so meagrely involved in the spiritual meanings of the final hours, that he falls in danger of altering Jesus’ message of love into one of hate.”

Richard Corliss, Time magazine
“In dramatizing the torment of Jesus’ last 12 hours, he has made a serious, handsome, excruciating film that radiates total commitment. Few mainstream directors have poured so much of themselves into so uncompromising a production. Whatever the ultimate verdict on Gibson’s Passion, it’s hard not to admire GibsonÝs passion.”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone magazine
“‘The Passion of the Christ’ is powerfully moving and fanatically obtuse in equal doses. The typical star rating doesn’t apply, because scenes range from classic to poor and all stops in between.”

Todd McCarthy, Variety
“If an age produces the renditions of classic stories that reflect those times, then ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ which is violent, contentious, emotional, extreme and highly proficient, must be the Jesus movie for this era. It is also gravely intense and the work of a man as deeply committed to his subject as one could hope for or, for that matter, want.”

Christy Lemire, Associated Press
“Gibson has said he wants his film to be shockingly graphic to show the humanity of Christ’s sacrifice. But the idea that children should see “The Passion” as a learning device ˇ that churches are organizing screenings and theater trips for their parishioners and catechism classes ˇ is truly shocking. Grown-ups ˇ even true believers ˇ will have difficulty sitting through the film. Just think of the trauma it will inflict on kids.”

Posted by bbeard on 03/02 at 12:31 PM in Movies
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Monday, March 01, 2004


I went to see the movie today and IT WAS EXCELLENT....If you want to pay to see a movie I think this should be the one. It was a 1:15 mantinee, nobody was in there except for me and a whole lot of senior citizens.  It was packed out, there was not a seat left in this particular theater. I cried, cried, cried.  The movie touched me so much.  Just seeing (movie portrayal) the way Jesus suffered for us, being beated in the streets, nailed to the cross, the relationship he had with the people, I was just amazed, ( I am right now literally at a lost of words, because this movie shows everything you would read in your Bibles). In between the beatings and him (Jesus) passing out in the streets from exhaustion and pain, he would have flash backs to different things that happened to him from him speaking to his disciples, or conversing with the town people, breaking bread with the disciples and drinking wine, it was excellent.

I watched this movie in tears, and my heart was so heavy from seeing him suffer the way he did. I think that all believers and those who don’t believe should see this movie, because (nonbelievers) may have a change of heart.  If you are interested in seeing an reinactment of what you may have read in the bible or even what your minister speaks about in church, then you should see this movie.  MEL GIBSON GETS ALL THE PROPS for this movie.

Posted by SAM on 03/01 at 07:53 PM in Movies
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more, on the passion

ýÝThe PassionÝ is the most unlikely blockbuster IÝve ever seen. I donÝt have enough adjectives in my repertoire to describe it,ţ said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. ýEven nonbelievers probably felt the need to see this film because itÝs undeniably about one of the most important events in history, and everybody is talking about it.ţ

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. ýThe Passion of the Christ,ţ $76.2 million.
2. ý50 First Dates,ţ $12.6 million.
3. ýTwisted,ţ $9.1 million.
4. ýConfessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,ţ $6.1 million.
5. ýDirty Dancing: Havana Nights,ţ $5.9 million.
6. ýMiracle,ţ $4.4 million.
7. ýEurotrip,ţ $4.1 million.
8. ýWelcome to Mooseport,ţ $3.35 million.
9. ýBarbershop 2: Back in Business,ţ $3.1 million.
10. ýBroken LizardÝs Club Dread,ţ $3 million.

Posted by bbeard on 03/01 at 10:41 AM in Movies
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Saturday, February 28, 2004

The Passion of The Christ. - The review


well, no one died or had to be removed from the theater.  however i am glad that i had eaten before the screening as i had no words nor any appetite afterwards. 

Being a Christian and trying to live as true as i am able to the teachings of my faith i know that i never can quite remove myself from a lifestyle of hypocracy, shame, and lies.  to say it short, i fall way short of what i know is my capacity for love, and this film, for me, pressed that home.

so back to the film.  Im very familliar with the history of the crucifixion of Jesus.  The film by Mel follows the Bible allmost exactly.  unless you were a “citizen” or priest of great standing, jewish folk back in the day wouldn’y speak latin but mostly hebrew or greek since that was the previouse territories tounge in which they resided before Rome came on the scene.  However the touch of spoken latin and sub title made for a very “origional” flavor and texture.  The graphic violence and brutality is enough to make most cringe and sickened deep within their guts.  The fact that this is a story about an innocent man setup, tortured, and cruxified just to get him out of the way and stop trouble for the jewish high priests is enough to make you so sickened in anger that you want to cry out for justice.  the film envelops you imediatly and grabs hold of you for hours even after youve arrived safley back at home.  thoughts of “what if” and “could i do that” , “why me” , “victory for God” and “why am i here” seem to surface together in a whirl wind of emotion.

I can say that the film shocked me, the kind of shock/stun that 110v would give if you touched the wrong live wires, and I don’t think that I was alone.  when the house lights went up after the credits scrolled away into dimishing darkness the audience sat; together silent, no whispers, no stiring, just sniffling and dabbing of cheeks and eyes.  We had arrived some 45 min prior to the screeng and found only seats in the third row from the front.  i had a great vantage point to the rest of the audience.  Durring the time of the violence and beatings you could here people whisper “just stop it” “oh my God”, and varied utterings and gasps..  i suspect that tears flowed more than soda and consession as entirely through the fim sobs could be heard from around the room.

For me I don’t know if this is a life changing experience, as i expected.  However, my hearts been changed long before the screening.  but I tell you It sure gives my imagination an heart a good look at the human side of Jesus and what HE went through for ME.

Posted by bbeard on 02/28 at 03:58 PM in Movies
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Friday, February 27, 2004

The Passion of The Christ

I will be attending a screening of the film “The Passionof The Christ” this evening.  I’ll write back with note on my experience.  i say “my experience” because as its been noted that attending the film quite possible might change ones life.  From hysterical church goers to fatal heart attacks in the theater, to people sickened by the brutality of violence, i offer you the following links to research a bit for yourself.


Posted by bbeard on 02/27 at 06:25 PM in Movies
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