The top 50 box office grosses for Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ tended to be at more suburban theaters dispersed from Texas and Florida to Orange County, while the theaters where Fahrenheit 9/11 has done best have been in urban, traditionally Democratic strongholds such as Manhattan, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. The New York Times story out of L.A. by Sharon Waxman says that the best grossing venue for both films has been the Empire 25 in Times Square. In the L.A. Times, Patrick Goldstein columnizes that Gibson and Michael Moore have made the year's most impassioned as well as profitable and influential films.
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