'Dead' Ends 'Passion' Box-Office Reign

03/22/2004 AT 01:40 PM EST

The three-week reign of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" at the box office has been terminated by the arrival of George Romero's remake of his classic 1979 zombie tale, "Dawn of the Dead," according to studio estimates.

To date, "The Passion" has made $295.3 million in North America since its Feb. 25 opening, overtaking the gross of "The Sixth Sense" (which earned $293.5 million) to assume 18th place on the all-time domestic chart, reports the Associated Press.

Opening this weekend in third place with $11.4 million was the Angelina Jolie-Ethan Hawke serial-killer thriller "Taking Lives," which earned respectful reviews.

In limited release, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" premiered in the sixth spot, showing strength.

The Top 10 at the box office this weekend, according to estimates, were as follows:

1. "Dawn of the Dead," $27.3 million
2. "The Passion of the Christ," $19.2 million
3. "Taking Lives," $11.4 million
4. "Starsky & Hutch," $10.7 million
5. "Secret Window," $9.6 million
6. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," $8.6 million
7. "Hidalgo," $8.5 million
8. "Agent Cody Banks: Destination London," $6 million
9. "50 First Dates," $4.3 million
10. "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," $1.5 million

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