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Box Office: Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ Soars to Record $14M on Valentine’s Day, ‘Madame Web’ Ekes Out $6M

todayFebruary 16, 2024

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The performance of ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ is being fueled by an A CinemaScore from audience, while ‘Madame Web’ is slapped with brutal C+.

Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love biopic rocked the Wednesday domestic box office with $14 million, the top midweek opener ever for Valentine’s Day, according to Paramount. The honor previously belonged to 2012’s The Vow ($11.5 million). Better yet — and despite “meh” reviews — audiences loved the film and gave it an A CinemaScore.

There’s one more thing: The biopic did more than double the business of Sony’s superhero offering Madame Web, which grossed $6 million and got slapped with a C+ CinemaScore. And overseas, Marley has already sung to a promising $5.4 million, including opening Wednesday to $2.3 million in the U.K., a record for music biopic.

Both films opened everywhere in North America on Wednesday to take advantage of sweethearts wanting to go the movies on Valentine’s Day. They also open in the lead-up to the long Presidents Day weekend, with the official holiday falling on Monday.

The combo of the two holidays means that both films will report six-day openings. Early returns show One Love beating Madame Web to the tune of $30 million or more.

In past years, a superhero pic would generally be the safe bet to win, but times have changed as both DC and Marvel Studios regroup after a number of box office setbacks. Madame Web is from Sony, which has the rights to Marvel’s Spider-Man universe of characters and has offered titles such as Venom and Morbius.

Madame Web is looking to post a six-day gross in the $25 million to $27 million range.

One Love, director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s depiction of the iconic Jamaican musician and Rastafarian, stars Kingsley Ben-Adir. It chronicles Marley making his 1977 album Exodus and the events of the next several years, including an assassination attempt and Marley’s belief that music could heal his nation in the post-colonial era.

The movie’s producers include Marley’s children Ziggy and Cedella, and wife, Rita. Critics are lukewarm so far; as of Thursday morning, One Love has a 44 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Paramount is confident that the $70 million film will be embraced by audiences, and hopes it can replicate the success of Elton John biopic Rocketman, also a Paramount title, and Warner Bros.’ Elvis.

If critics aren’t feeling in totally harmony with One Love, they are completely taken aback by Madame Web. The first studio superhero pic of 2024 currently rests at dismal 15 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The movie cost a reported $80 million to produce — a relatively modest number for superhero fare — and stars Dakota Johnson alongside Sydney Sweeney, Adam Scott, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor in a tale of a clairvoyant paramedic.

Because Madame Web is opening over a six-day stretch, it will be tough to compare it to other Marvel openings, since many of those went out over a three-day weekend.


Written by: New Generation Radio

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