LOS ANGELES: After opening with an astonishing $125.2 million over five days, Mel Gibsonâ€™s â€˜The Passion of the Christâ€™ is positioned to get even bigger as the Christian season of Lent leads up to Easter on April 11.
The box-office total pushed â€˜The Passionâ€™ past â€˜The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kingâ€™ ($124.1m) for biggest debut ever by a film opening on a Wednesday â€” Ash Wednesday, in this case.
The total was almost $8m more than estimated, because far more people turned out to see Gibsonâ€™s grisly crucifixion recreation than originally predicted.
â€˜The Passionâ€™ ultimately could take in between $300 million and $350 million in the United States and Canada alone. â€” AP