POSITIVE VIBRATIONS AT THE BOX OFFICE

Paramount’s musical biopic Bob Marley: One Love brought in an estimated $27.7m over the weekend at the nation’s cinemas and is expected to hit an impressive $51m between its opening on Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. It has also rejuvenated interest in the music of Bob Marley & The Wailers.

It will easily land in the Top 5 of openings for music biopics—2015’s Straight Outta Compton is #1 with $60m—and globally hit an $80m total, adding $29m from 47 territories.

It has already pushed titles from the reggae legend’s Island/UMe catalog (different editions of Legend and Exodus) and the new soundtrack into the Top 30 at iTunes; Legend sat in the Top 5 throughout the three-day weekend. “Three Little Words” is in the iTunes Top 40 with “One Love”/”People Get Ready” working its way up the chart as well.

Throughout the weekend, Marley & The Wailers was the top heritage act on the Spotify Top Artists charts for the U.S. and Global.

Sony’s superhero thriller Madame Web opened in second place with $17.6m over the weekend. It made $25.8m during the same six-day holiday-to-holiday period.

  1. Bob Marley: One Love (Universal): $27.7m total; 3,539 screens/$7,827 average per screen (Debut)
  2. Madame Web (Columbia): $15.15m total; 4,013 screens/$3,775 average per screen (Debut)
  3. Argylle (Apple/Universal): $4.72m total; 3,647 screens; $1,294 average per screen (Week 3)
  4. Migration (Universal): $3.75m total; 2,455 screens; $1,527 average per screen (Week 9)
  5. The Chosen: S4 Episodes 4-6 (Fathom Events): $3.44m total; 2,228 screens/$1,545 average per screen (Debut)


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