Mel Gibson has earned a staggering $414 million (GBP230 million) from his controversial pet project The Passion Of The Christ.

Gibson's earnings are likely to increase with DVD and pay-per-view television sales of the film, which was only released in American cinemas nine months ago (FEB04), before going on to be screened around the world.

Movie analyst TIM BRIODY says, "It's the all-time highest grosser of a film not released in the summer or holidays."

The movie, which documents Jesus Christ's final hours on earth, profited from a publicity storm whipped up before its release - some critics criticised its graphic violence, while others branded it anti-Semitic.

28/11/2004 09:36