The Passion of the Christ: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Newmarket Films' The Passion of the Christ continued its phenomenal performance at the boxoffice in North America this weekend as it picked up an estimated $51.4 million on its second session, down a modest 39% from its debut.
The Mel Gibson-directed "Passion" shattered the $200 million mark Sunday in just 12 days as the cume to date for the drama reached an estimated $212 million. The film tied with three other films as the third fastest in history to break $200 million.
Only Sony's Spider-man (nine days) and New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (11 days) collected $200 million faster. But aside from the sterling grosses racked up by "Passion," the marketplace clearly had room to expand -- two new wide releases hit theaters and brought in nearly $50 million between them.