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'PASSION' IS HEADED FOR HOLY $UNDAY ($100 million in its first five days)
New York Post ^ | 2/28/04 | LOU LUMENICK

Posted on 02/28/2004 12:25:49 AM PST by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:19:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

February 28, 2004 -- Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the Christ" scored a second strong day and could take in a whopping $100 million at the box office in just its first five days, experts said yesterday. Thursday's reported take by distributor Newmarket was an estimated $14.7 million, a drop from Wednesday's opening-day number of $23.6 million.


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1 posted on 02/28/2004 12:25:50 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

I can't help it, Kat, this just thrills me!

2 posted on 02/28/2004 12:29:55 AM PST by onyx
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To: kattracks
Ping
3 posted on 02/28/2004 12:32:34 AM PST by AnimalLover
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To: onyx
Me too. I would love to see it break every Hollywood record.

That'll show 'em.

4 posted on 02/28/2004 12:38:15 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks

LOL! Me too. We're on the same page. Every record: VHS and DVD sales included.
5 posted on 02/28/2004 12:39:43 AM PST by onyx
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To: kattracks; onyx
Me too!
6 posted on 02/28/2004 12:39:59 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is Communism one drink at a time. - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: kattracks
Went to a social function with about 30 of my single Christian friends tonight. Only one other person and me have seen it so far. Most of the others plan on seeing t in the next few days. Tells me that only the surface has been scratched on attendance for this movie.
7 posted on 02/28/2004 12:44:31 AM PST by connectthedots (Recognize that not all Calvinists will be Christians in glory.)
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To: kattracks
The REAL "Return of the King!"
8 posted on 02/28/2004 12:47:43 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: kattracks
I saw it today (Friday) at 12:30PM and it was full except for the first 3 rows.

This was at a cinema complex in Westminister, Orange County, California (nicknamed Little Vietnam) an area that is predominately populated by South East Asians most of whom are not Christian.

Looks to me as if the box office is doing just fine.

Oh I almost forgot...never have I seen a finer movie, the story of which I knew the beginning, middle and end in advance. It was stunning.

9 posted on 02/28/2004 12:50:46 AM PST by Positive
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To: kattracks
The Lord asked Solomon what he would wish for, wisdom or wealth. When Solomon chose wisdom he obtain wealth as well.

That's how I see this Mel Gibson project. Gibson opted to produce something of value rather than seek popularity by normal secular methods. I believe God will bless his efforts and see that he is richly rewarded.

This movie will have legs for months IMO. If Gibson brought the movie back for one week each year, he'd make another 50 million dollars each time.

As I've said several other times on the forum, this movie will be cherished by Christians for decades if not centuries.

Each your heart out, liberal left. You could have made a movie like this. Instead you have stooped as low as is humanly possible to turn out the most vile media you could.

May your families be cursed for generations to come, for your evil influence on our society.
10 posted on 02/28/2004 1:04:20 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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11 posted on 02/28/2004 1:13:56 AM PST by KQQL (@)
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To: kattracks
Gotta admire Mel's passion, guts and determination. He could become a mogul the size of Lucas off this film.

Do you think they will sell "official TPOC" nativity scene figurines?

12 posted on 02/28/2004 1:18:23 AM PST by monkeyshine
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To: DoughtyOne
May your families be cursed for generations to come,

Don't stoop to their level friend. It will all come out in the wash.

FMCDH

13 posted on 02/28/2004 1:18:52 AM PST by nothingnew (The pendulum is swinging and the Rats are in the pit!)
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To: kattracks
Has anyone compiled a list of the top Thursday grosses? Given that this film's Wednesday figure was close to the top, and its Thursday falloff was less, I wonder if it ranks a Thursday top?
14 posted on 02/28/2004 1:19:29 AM PST by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: kattracks
I don't go to movies but plan on buying and watching the DVD as soon as it's released so add my duckets to that Pile 'O Cash ! !

Freeper........Class of 98 !.......Stay Safe !

15 posted on 02/28/2004 1:22:27 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Squantos
Can you imagine the final take on this movie coupled with DVD sales and overseas and Latin America sales? Mel could make a billion bucks on this one movie.
16 posted on 02/28/2004 1:29:14 AM PST by Texasforever (When demcrats attack it is called campaigning)
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To: kattracks
Everybody is talking about this movie. (I have seen it. It was awesome). I went to the bank this afternoon. I was standing in line, kind of zoned out, when I heard somebody say "The Passion".

I snapped out of my daze and started listening in on what the people in line were talking about. The people in front of me were talking about "The Passion". The people in back of me were talking about "The Passion". The bank tellers were talking about "The Passion".

They were asking "Have you seen it?" or "What did you think of it" A teen aged girl in the line, told her friend that it was violent, but that she couldn't believe "all that Jesus went through for us"

I don't think there's ever been another movie with reaction like this. This is great. Great for Mel and everyone who made the movie. It is going to be a smash hit .

17 posted on 02/28/2004 1:30:06 AM PST by fly_so_free (Never underestimate the treachery of the democrat party-Save USA -Vote a dem out of office)
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To: Texasforever
Yep........lots of dollars for old Mad Max !
18 posted on 02/28/2004 1:31:11 AM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: nothingnew
With something like 25 to 50 million kids in our nation alone, vulnerable to their manipulations, I think my comments were rather mild.
19 posted on 02/28/2004 1:35:36 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne

BUMP
20 posted on 02/28/2004 1:41:01 AM PST by onyx
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To: fly_so_free
We are going on Sunday evening to see the film. It is sold out until Sunday noon!!

We went out to dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant tonight and at every table around us, people started talking about the PASSION! It was amazing. People loved it or they plan to see itr soon!!!

We are in South Florida by the way.

21 posted on 02/28/2004 1:41:39 AM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: onyx
This just means that Hollywood will saturate the public with strong bible stories or epics over the next 12 months.
22 posted on 02/28/2004 1:42:23 AM PST by DCPatriot
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To: DCPatriot
This just means that Hollywood will saturate the public with strong bible stories or epics over the next 12 months.

I doubt it, but if they try, GOOD.

Most Hollyweird producers hate Jesus. They may think the money's good in Jesus films, but they never make a decent Jesus film. And Mel's film reigns supreme.

23 posted on 02/28/2004 1:46:41 AM PST by onyx
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To: DoughtyOne; nothingnew
May your families be cursed for generations to come,


Don't stoop to their level friend. It will all come out in the wash.

FMCDH


With something like 25 to 50 million kids in our nation alone, vulnerable to their manipulations, I think my comments were rather mild.


There are warnings to the unrepentant, and also warnings to believers to subrogate their wrath to the Lord, who reserves certain tasks to Himself:

Exodus 34
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Jeremiah 31
28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

Romans 12:
19Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,"[1] says the Lord. 20 Therefore

"If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head."[2]
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

[1.] 12:19 Deuteronomy 32:35
[2.] 12:20 Proverbs 25:21, 22
24 posted on 02/28/2004 1:52:18 AM PST by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
Let me explain something to you. As a person who recognizes what these cretens are doing to our youth, and this nation, it is my obligation to speak out against it. Furthermore it's my obligation to speak out against it stridently. To do otherwise would be to lend tacit approval through silence.

I suffer no dilusion regarding who is the ultimate judge. And when that judge sees what these men have done, I believe He will judge them along the same lines I have. It goes without saying that He is not bound by my opinion on this, but as a man who realizes what these folks are doing, it is my obligation to voice truth so that others might realize they are not alone in their revulsion.

Go peddle your judgements to someone else. Righteous indignation is no vice.
25 posted on 02/28/2004 2:18:27 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Lion in Winter
"at every table around us people started talking about The Passion"

"We are are on South Florida"

Wow. I'm in Southern California. That means this is happening on both coasts, and I'm sure , all the way across the country.

I'm just so glad for Mel Gibson and the people who made it. This is such a triumph, after the libs tried to ruin them, and ruin the film, by lying about it. Jim Caviezel (he played Jesus) was on Jay Leno tonight. He was talking about all the things he went through on the set. He got hurt. He deserves an Academy Award for his acting . He did an outstanding job.

This is so great. Congratulations to everyone in the movie. It will probably turn out to be the smash hit of 20004.

26 posted on 02/28/2004 2:22:44 AM PST by fly_so_free (Never underestimate the treachery of the democrat party-Save USA -Vote a dem out of office)
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To: fly_so_free
Nice comments, but as optimistic as I am, I think that 20004 prediction is somewhat premature. Heh heh heh... Later.
27 posted on 02/28/2004 2:24:54 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
This movie will have legs for months IMO.

We're assembling a family group to see it on Sunday afternoon. I've been channel surfing, and I've been listening to critical comments by Lawrence O'Donnell and Christopher Hitchens, as well as some Jewish leaders. Their negativity will only cause people to want to see it.

28 posted on 02/28/2004 2:38:35 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Positive
I thought Viet Nam was a Catholic country before the war.
29 posted on 02/28/2004 2:57:11 AM PST by mlmr (Everything is getting better and better!)
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To: kattracks
The crtics were right as always... a total flop and loser...
30 posted on 02/28/2004 3:50:14 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: BradyLS
The REAL "Return of the King!"

Very cool indeed!

31 posted on 02/28/2004 3:50:57 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: onyx
look for a release and advertising of old hatcher jobs. Ie last temptation of christ by skosasee (Sp?)

40 days 40 nights.


Has anyone notice the "other stuff" opening this weekend? drivel.
33 posted on 02/28/2004 4:00:00 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: fly_so_free
..A teen aged girl in the line, told her friend that it was violent, but that she couldn't believe "all that Jesus went through for us"...

And that is the point that people need to walk away from this movie with. The Christ went through this for us, and it was not easy for him. It defines the word sacrifice.

34 posted on 02/28/2004 4:01:34 AM PST by White Eagle
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To: fly_so_free
"That means this is happening on both coasts, and I'm sure, all the way across the country."

Central Missouri here, almost the exact geographical center of the U.S. Everyone I know is talking about the film and it's sold out in the only two theatres within 50 miles.

A woman I work with saw it, and she and her husband had planned to go to dinner afterwards, and she said that after the movie, they didn't feel like eating out, so they went home, made coffee and prayed. Amazing phenomenon Gibson has made.

Carolyn

35 posted on 02/28/2004 4:10:32 AM PST by CDHart
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I saw it last night. It's interesting how the secularists decry the violence and bloodshed. What I recall most from the film is the flashbacks during Jesus abuse by the Romans: his teaching on the Mount, to the stoners of Mary Magdalene, to his disciples at the last supper, and the Resurrection. They were exquisitely filmed. These scenes and Christs teachings, which most are familiar with from scripture, were intimate, profound and moving. They IMHO, heal the raw visual effects of Christs suffering, and are what may inspire the doubters, not his suffering.
36 posted on 02/28/2004 4:14:00 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar
Was it crowded?
37 posted on 02/28/2004 4:19:31 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: nothingnew
they are already being cursed....egg on their face's and empty spaces in their wallets.

That's the only curses they understand anyway....public humiliation by the whole world knowing they were wrong and all that money going to someone other than themselves.

They are probably having Prozac delivered to their homes by the truckload.
38 posted on 02/28/2004 4:25:50 AM PST by cajun-jack
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To: onyx
me 2, 3 and 4!
39 posted on 02/28/2004 4:42:13 AM PST by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: Quix
me 2, 3 and 4!

Got it! :)

40 posted on 02/28/2004 4:45:31 AM PST by onyx
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To: connectthedots
"Recognize that not all Calvinists will be Christians in glory."

"Everybody talkin' 'bout Heaven ain't goin' there."


41 posted on 02/28/2004 4:46:33 AM PST by Savage Beast (Whom will the terrorists vote for? Not George W. Bush--that's for sure! ~Happy2BMe)
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To: All
Just a heads up here, the History channel is doing a special on the Passion tonight (one of their "History versus Hollywood" shows). They are going to show a lot of behind the scenes making of the movie.
42 posted on 02/28/2004 4:52:16 AM PST by Lanza
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To: kattracks
I just bought Mel Gibson/Ken Duncan's collaborative book, "The Passion," on Amazon, along with the soundtrack.

The book is at #3! The soundtrack at #2!

We have plans today to see the movie for the second time.

43 posted on 02/28/2004 4:52:59 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: kattracks
Good morning, FReepers and Freeperettes! :)
Got to love the success of this film!
For Gibson, it's not a movie, IT IS A MISSION.
Hubby and I see it tomorrow!
44 posted on 02/28/2004 4:53:55 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan (The Passion" If you loved the Book, you'll love the movie)
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To: Texasforever
Mel is doing something even more devastating to Hollywood than making a bunch of money. He made a motion picture without Hollywood money, without name stars and without their distribution help.

Mel may be bringing down the whole rotten Hollywood system of whores, liars and thieves.

Future films might be made and distributed without Hollywood even touching them with those filthy hands.

That's what is really scary for everyone in the whorehouse called Hollywood.

45 posted on 02/28/2004 4:57:22 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: monkeyshine
Do you think they will sell "official TPOC" nativity scene figurines?

Did you forget your /sarcasm tag? :)
46 posted on 02/28/2004 4:59:44 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan (The Passion" If you loved the Book, you'll love the movie)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
EXCELLENT.

47 posted on 02/28/2004 4:59:47 AM PST by onyx
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To: kattracks
"Generally you expect a 60 percent drop on a Thursday, because people who were dying to see it would go on Wednesday, and everyone else tends to wait for the weekend," said Martin Grove, a box-office analyst for the Hollywood Reporter


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Yup, that's us. Hubby and I don't have a babysitter and weekdays are busy for us. I am seeing it at noon and hubby is seeing it later in the day at our local theatre(which for our smallish outlying area of Columbus, already has about 7 showings at 930am sold--I'm assuming churches--and the 710 pm is already sold out today)
48 posted on 02/28/2004 5:01:16 AM PST by cupcakes
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To: fly_so_free
Ditto here, I belong to a local scrapbooking club and these ladies have been jabbering about it for a while. The usual leftists and pagans on there are quiet, but I'm sure they haven't missed the chatter. I can only pray that they will at least privately consider and see the Passion.
49 posted on 02/28/2004 5:05:03 AM PST by cupcakes
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To: cajun-jack
they are already being cursed....egg on their face's and empty spaces in their wallets.

I don't know about the "cursed" part, however some H-wood biggies are showing themselves smart enough to note the direction of the wind.

Both Katzenberg and Geffen issued hasty clarifications on their positions, distancing themselves from the NY Times "source" who claimed Gibson was going to be blackballed.

I'm sure Mel's film sucking all the entertainment media oxygen out of the room right at Oscar week is not sitting too well with the H-wood gang either, and tomorrow night's awards show should be pretty interesting.
50 posted on 02/28/2004 5:07:16 AM PST by mr.pink
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