Before the wheels came off of his career Mel Gibson struck it big one last time with “The Passion of the Christ.” His “passion” project opened to a still standing box office record and this week its legacy helped “Son of God,” which shocked analysts with as strong second place finish.
The Passion of the Christ
Original Release Date: February 27, 2004
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $25, Opening: $83.8, Total: $307.7, Worldwide: $622.4
-Gibson also appeared on-screen…kind of. The actor’s hands are the ones that nail Christ to the cross, his foot that is washed by Mary Magdalene, his arms that tie Judas’ suicide rope and his voice later heard crying and screaming towards the end of the movie.
-“Passion” remains the highest-grossing R-rated film in history.
- The movie had the most pre-sales in industry history.
Other Notable Milestones
1 Year Ago
Jack The Giant Slayer
Original Release Date: March 1, 2013
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $195, Opening: $27.2, Total: $65.1, Worldwide: $197.3
Flashback: While it did make back its money…eventually. This was a huge flop by many standards and one its studio would probably rather forget.
5 Years Ago
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience
Original Release Date: February 28, 2009
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $12.5, Total: $38.1, Worldwide: $49.4
Flashback: While the 3D concert experience doesn’t sell as well as it used to, this was one of the more profitable ones.
15 Years Ago
Original Release Date: February, 26, 1999
The Line (in millions) – Budget: $40, Opening: $14.2, Total: $36.4, Worldwide: $96.3
Flashback: It was right around this time Nicolas Cage was in seemingly every movie and based on worldwide grosses you can see why studios kept hiring him.
20 Years Ago
Original Release Date: February 25, 1994
The Line (in millions) – Budget: NA, Opening: $3.3, Total: $19.5
Flashback: Luke Perry was still riding pretty high in 1994 and scored a modest hit with this true life bio-pic about a late rodeo star.
Next week: A drama legend takes a comedic turn.