‘Christ’ boffo in Brazil

Auds showing 'Passion' despite strike

RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite an organized labor strike that slowed down the delivery of prints, “The Passion of the Christ” grossed a whopping 5.5 million reals ($1.9 million) from 2 million admissions its first week in Brazil.

An airport police strike delayed flights and cargo delivery including a master copy of the film. Federal police agents deliberately delayed the circulation of passengers and cargo in local airports in an effort to pressure the government to accept their wage demands.

Exhibs in small towns and Rio de Janeiro’s landmark Odeon theater had to postpone the pic’s March 19 opening. The film debuted the next day at the Odeon.

Twentieth Century Fox Brazil would not comment on the case.

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