By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 05, 2004 10:15 AM

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” continues attract the dutiful, pushing past the $200-million box-office mark in its second weekend and far surpassing the debut performances of two movies: Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in “Starsky & Hutch” and Viggo Mortensen in “Hidalgo.”

According to studio estimates, Gibson’s “Passion” has grossed $212 million so far in North America and is expected to top $300 million, Bob Berney, president of Newmarket Films, tells the Associated Press.

As for an Oscar effect, last Sunday’s awards ceremony gave a solid bounce to Best Picture winner “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which shined again in the Top 10 and has earned an estimated $368.3 million to date in North America.

Here’s a rundown of the weekend’s Top 10 movies, according to box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations:

1. “The Passion of the Christ,” $51.4 million
2. “Starsky & Hutch,” $29.05 million
3. “Hidalgo,” $19.6 million
4. “50 First Dates,” $7.7 million
5. “Twisted,” $5 million
6. “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” $4 million
7. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” $3.2 million
8. “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” $2.85 million
9. “Miracle,” $2.6 million
10. “Monster,” $2.25 million