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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