The Passion Of The Christ enjoyed a mighty series of openings in Latin Americathrough Fox International at the weekend, grossing an estimated $10.2m overalland scoring a number of records in the process.
Mel Gibson's epic accountof the final hours of Christ's life opened top in all its markets, led by asuperb $5.2m bow on 950 screens in Mexico for the distributor's biggest everopening there and the second biggest industry bow of all time.
Passiongrossed $1.9m on 472 in Brazil for Fox's biggest ever bow and the seventhbiggest industry opening of all time.
Central America produced $997,737 on 37 in what Fox executives arecalling the biggest ever industry weekend in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Ricaand El Salvador.
Passiontook $689,000 from 42 in Chile for the all-time biggest industry bow there,while $607,000 on 14 in Colombia was enough for Fox's biggest and theindustry's third biggest opening of all time.
Peru produced $468,412 on 98 for Fox's biggest and the industry'ssecond biggest bow of all time, while Ecuador yielded $101,000 from 11 forFox's biggest and the industry's biggest opening ever for a drama.
The pictureopened in Jamaica on $121,000 from 11 for the industry's biggest ever openingday (Wednesday) and Trinidad produced $110,000 on 12 for Fox's second biggestopening of all time.