Saturday, February 28th, 2004 • 2 Comments on What Would Jesus Spend $7 To See?
I haven’t seen these two movies, so I can’t argue the artistic merit or social value of either, but here is an interesting comparison:
The Gospel of John
A three-hour epic about the life of Jesus as recounted through his disciple John.
U.S. Release Date: September 26, 2003
Limited theatrical release
Gross Earnings: 3.86 Million
The Passion of the Christ
A two-hour movie recounting the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life.
U.S. Release Date: February 25, 2004
Wide theatrical release
Gross Earnings (as of February 28): 64 Million
Can someone explain to me why Jesus’s death is so much more fascinating and worthy of media attention than Jesus’s life? Is it that violence and torture are more entertaining? Is it that Mel Gibson knows how to promote a film? Is it something else a simple heathen girl like me just wouldn’t understand?