A theater’s computer in Georgia has assigned the number 666 to “The Passion of the Christ,” printing the biblical “mark of the beast” on tickets for the movie.

Tickets commence with 666 in Rome, Ga. (photo: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Some patrons have complained about the number, with one woman asking that a pass be substituted for her ticket, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“It’s from our computer and it’s absolutely a coincidence,” Gary Smith, owner of the Movies at Berry Square in Rome, Ga., told the paper. “It has nothing to do with the film company or any vendor. It’s completely in our computer.”

The machine that prints tickets at the theater assigned the number 666 as a prefix on all the tickets for Mel Gibson’s blockbuster. The number, which appears in the book of Revelation as a reference to Satan or the antichrist, begins a series of numbers that are listed below the name of the movie, the date, time and price, the AJC reported.

“A lot of people have asked what the numbers mean, some said it seemed odd, some said it was inappropriate,” theater employee Erica Diaz is quoted as saying.

“The Passion of the Christ” chalked up $125 million in its first five days of release. The film chronicles the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ’s life and his resurrection.

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