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Hollywood Reporter: 'Passion' is Growing, Box Office To $125
March 2, 2004
By Brian Fuson
Newmarket Films' "The Passion of the Christ" continues
to defy convention and surprise even the most seasoned Hollywood
veterans as early weekend estimates were revised upwards Monday
when final numbers came in. The film opened with a stunning $83.8
million, bringing the total box office to a massive $125.2 million,
which includes $3 million in private previews.
The weekend debut
of the Icon Prods. film is by far the biggest opening in history
outside of the near-summer and year-end holiday periods; it's the
ninth-highest grossing weekend of all time; the biggest opening
in February, topping MGM's "Hannibal" ($58 million); it's the second-biggest
debut for an R-rated film, behind Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Matrix:
Reloaded" ($91.8 million); and it's the largest debut ever for an
independent film. "Passion" holds the crown for the second-highest-grossing
first five days for a film opening on a Wednesday. Minus the $3
million in previews, the first five days of "Passion" pulled in
$122.2 million, just behind New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings:
The Return of the King" ($124.1 million) but ahead of 20th Century
Fox's "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" ($105.7 million).
The audience skewed slightly female at 52%. It was an older audience,
but fairly balanced: 29% were under 24 years of age, 30% were between
35 and 49, and 27% were older than 50. Not surprisingly the main
draw of the film was the subject matter.
DRAWING NEAR TO JESUS
Recently I had a beautiful experience with Jesus, which I would like
to share as a blessing and encouragement to the Bride of Christ. In
the morning I had spent an hour or so in prayer, expressing my heart's
desire to be close to the Lord.
OUR HEARTS IN HIS HANDS
In the vision, I saw Jesus walking backwards towards the water's edge
of a lovely expanse of crystal clear water. In His hands were small
musical notes and hearts. One by one, the Lord knelt down and placed
a musical note, then a heart, drawing me to follow him right up to the
water's edge. It was like a game of follow the leader!
JUMPING FOR JOY WITH JESUS!
When He eventually reached the water's edge, the Lord beckoned me closer
to join Him by His side. Jesus smiled at me and then took my hand and
we began to walk on the water. With Christ leading, we skipped and jumped
across lily pads that were placed upon the surface. The water was extremely
deep, but I had no fear because Jesus was holding me by the hand. It
was a joyous, exciting, and yet, equally peace-filled adventure as we
ran helter-skelter across the top, skimming the water; hearts and hands
united we giggled and laughed together. This was fun!
Just before the vision ended I asked the Lord if the ocean had a name.
He replied, "Child this is the sea of Salvation. When my children worship
me in Spirit and truth, and praise me with hearts filled with child-like
trust and adoration, my joy and my glory are released on the earth producing
the beautiful fruit of healing and salvations."
A SIMPLE CALL TO BE A CHILD OF GOD
Without sounding demeaning the interpretation of this vision is extremely
simple. As a friend of mine would say, "Catherine, it's not exactly
rocket science." Which is just as well really, or I wouldn't have a
hope of understanding (smile). Do you know what? I had almost forgotten
what it felt like to run and skip and jump. Can you remember the last
time you splashed in a puddle or spun around until you were dizzy or
lay down on the ground just for the wonder of gazing at clouds scudding
across the sky? Or when was the last time you picked up an earth worm,
or made a daisy chain or sprinkled sherbet on your tongue just to feel
it fizz, or flew a kite, or raced at high speed on your roller blades?
Oh the joy of childhood, when we are innocent and desperate for all
things new. Perhaps as the memories of childhood fade away with the
passing of time, we also sometimes we forget how to be childlike and
just enjoy the presence of the Lord. Could it be we are too busy being
grown up at times to realize that the King of the Universe delights
in us, simply because we are just that - His children?
TAKE GOD'S HAND AND PRAISE HIM
The vision has a two-fold encouragement. One, it is a reminder that
there is a child inside of each one of us just waiting to grasp the
hand of God and run with him for the sheer joy of it. We may have many
roles in our busy lifestyles, but let's remember the most important
of all is that we were created for relationship and intimacy with Abba,
our Heavenly Father.
BURST INTO A NEW HORIZON OF JOY
Secondly, it is a call to the Bride of Christ to burst into new horizons
of joy-filled worship and praise, trusting Jesus to lead us by the hand.
God calls us to lay down tiredness, disappointments, self-condemnation
and disillusionment and accept that Jesus loves us because He loves
us. We are absolutely beautiful to him! We may be a work in progress,
but we are earthen vessels full of His glory!
The symbolism of the hearts and musical notes, express the Lord's desire
that his Bride would 'whoosh' into fresh depths of bridal intimacy and
worship. It's the Lord who calls us and woos us with his amazing love.
He just loves to pour out gifts on His children. We don't need to be
all religious or pompous to get into His presence. We don't need to
'do' anything to win His affections. Whether we are peeling potatoes,
writing a sermon, editing accounts, driving a truck, teaching, being
a lawyer, whatever we may turn our hands to - we are lovely and loved
because we are children of the Most High God. Our praise and worship
can take place anywhere, and at any time, and it's always acceptable to
I was filled with fresh joy, peace, faith and hope as a result of this
lovely spiritual experience. May you also know a fresh burst of Jesus-filled joy in your heart today as you reach out to praise our glorious
WORSHIPPING HEARTS RELEASE SALVATION
Of eternal significance is the name of the waters on which worship and
praise were represented - the sea of Salvation.
In Acts 16 we read that when Paul and Silas had been stripped, beaten,
flogged, imprisoned, and were undoubtedly wounded, exhausted and perhaps
a little bit afraid. However, they chose not to focus on their circumstances,
but rather to concentrate on praising Christ. The results were phenomenal
- praise released all the prisoners bonds, and the jailor and his entire
family received their salvation and were baptized that very night! Our
sacrificial praise and worship today will release God's glory on the
Beloved, the Lord calls us to receive His joy and to release it. Choose
to praise Jesus today - because He's worth it!
Abundant blessings from an almost forty-year-old, mother of four, lay
preacher, rejoicing in Jesus!
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