MEXICO CITY — “The Passion of the Christ” has moved into the third all-time box office slot for Mexico after just five weeks, overtaking “Finding Nemo,” and is within striking distance of 20th Century Fox’s “Titanic.”
As of this past weekend, “Passion” has brought in 203.1 million pesos, or a hair over $18 million, in just five weeks. “Nemo,” which found huge success in this demographically young country, ruled plexes for 15 weeks.
“Titanic,” meanwhile, made about $19.3 million in just under seven months and all signs point to “Passion” beating it in short order.
The real question is whether it can unseat the Mexican king, “Spider-Man,” which spun its web on local auds for six months and topped $30 million.
The strong results are all the more impressive, considering that the Mel Gibson pic carries its own special cross in Mexico: a restrictive “C” rating, which prohibits viewers under the age of 18. Of the top five box office grossers in Mexican history, “Passion” is the only one with a restrictive rating.
While more than 12.5 million people went to see “Titanic,” to date “Passion” has drawn just under seven million.
Buena Vista Columbia TriStar Films, which distributed “Spider-Man” in Mexico, has already announced that it hopes to topple its own champion when it releases “Spider-Man 2” in June with a whopping 1,500 prints, by far the largest release ever here.