Theater Credits 'Passion' Money to Movie Starring Bush HaterAlthough "The Passion of the Christ" is one of the most popular movies of all time, with box office of more than $285 million so far, a TV news station in Miami wonders "should that dollar figure even be higher ... yes."Here's the scoop, as reported today by WSVN-TV:Frances Cannon "is upset because she says Gibson's movie isn't getting all the credit or cash it deserves." A deeply religious woman, she and her family paid to see the movie but noticed their six tickets were marked "Hidalgo," not "The Passion of the Christ."(The unpopular "Hidalgo," by the way, just so happens to star Bush-hating appeasement activist Viggo Mortensen.)Whe Mrs. Cannon noticed the mistake and asked the cashier to fix it, the manager intervened. "He told me that they have already sold enough tickets and these six credits wouldn't matter anyway ... he's [Gibson] made enough money anyway."She contacted Seven News after the manager again refused to give proper credit to "The Passion."'Theft'The station's legal expert, Howard Finkelstein, said: "This is clearly a breach of contract ... when someone makes a movie they get money based upon ticket sales ... in this case the money that Mel Gibson's movie should have gotten went to another movie ... if this was done intentionally it's theft."The station says a corporate official of the chain, which it did not identify, admitted the manager was wrong, should have corrected the error and would correct it.WSVN reports: "The theater wanted to know why Frances was so concerned about this. Bottom line ... she didn't want to get anyone in trouble ... she just wanted to make sure that Mel Gibson's movie got the money she paid ... We contacted Mel Gibson's people ... they are aware of the situation."The reader who sent us this tip wonders, "Is this kind of theft of Mel Gibson going on in other parts of the country?"Movie fans, check your ticket stubs and raise hell if your money is incorrectly going to Viggo or the other pampered leftists of Tinseltown.
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Liberal Theater Owners Illegally Diverting "Passion&quo