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More love for ‘One Love’; claims No. 1 spot for second straight week

Published:Monday | February 26, 2024 | 12:08 AM
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Kingsley Ben-Adir, right, and Lashana Lynch in ‘Bob Marley: One Love’.
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Kingsley Ben-Adir, right, and Lashana Lynch in ‘Bob Marley: One Love’.

LOS ANGELES (AP):

For a second straight week, biopic Bob Marley: One Love continues to exceed expectations by claiming the No. 1 spot at the box office, overcoming two début films and Sony’s Madame Web that is still producing subpar numbers.

The Paramount film starring Kingsley Ben-Adir pulled in $13.5 million during its second week of release. The project, which was produced for about $70 million, already eclipsed that mark, grossing nearly $72 million domestically in North America.

It is an impressive achievement for the Reinaldo Marcus Green-directed Marley’s musical biopic that is focused on the Rastafarian legend’s story during the making of his 1977 album Exodus while leading up to his impactful concert in his native Jamaica.

“Some of his greatest hits came out nearly 50 years ago, but his music still resonates through this film,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for data firm Comscore.

One Love drew nearly $2 million more than Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Hashira Training, which placed No. 2.

Demon Slayer scored the impressive opening number from only 1,949 locations, far less than One Love with 3,597 and 3,020 for Ordinary Angels, a faith-based Lionsgate film starring Hilary Swank that placed third at the box office with an estimated $6.5 million.

All three of those films outperformed better than Madame Web, which has struggled to find its footing after the superhero movie flopped last week. It was thought that the Spider-Man spinoff would draw strong numbers – especially with Dakota Johnson starring as the film’s lead Marvel character.

But so far, it hasn’t lived up to the hype, producing just $6 million in its second week and grossing a little more than a disappointing $35 million.

Dergarabedian called this past week a slow one. But next week, he expects that it will pick up greatly with the highly anticipated Dune: Part Two making its long-waited début, which should end the top-spot reign by One Love.

1. Bob Marley: One Love, $13.5 million.

2. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba - To the Hashira Training, $11.5 million.

3. Ordinary Angels, $6.5 million.

4. Madame Web, $6 million.

5. Migration, $3 million.

6. Argylle, $2.8 million.

7. Wonka, $2.5 million.

8. Drive-Away Dolls, $2.4 million.

9. The Beekeeper, $1.9 million.

10. The Chosen, Episodes 4-6, $1.7 million.