Bob Marley's 'One Love' Hits $100M in Box Office in 10 Days

Anime Phenomenon Excels in U.S. Box Office Opening.

by Nouman Rasool
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Bob Marley's 'One Love' Hits $100M in Box Office in 10 Days
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In the realm of cinematic entertainment, 2024 has witnessed a lackluster beginning, yet amidst this tepid ambiance, "Bob Marley: One Love" emerges as a box office sensation. Directed by the acclaimed Reinaldo Marcus Green, this biopic has soared past the $100 million mark in a mere 10 days, boasting a record-shattering debut in Jamaica. Furthermore, it has impressively clung to the top spot in the U.S.

box office for its second consecutive weekend, outshining competitors like "Drive-Away Dolls," "Ordinary Angels," and the anime phenomenon "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba." As it stands, "One Love" has amassed $61.4 million domestically and $39.7 million internationally, totaling an impressive $101.1 million, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Its second weekend is projected to rake in $13-14 million domestically, demonstrating a sturdy 53% retention. This biopic rides the wave of recent successful music-themed films, reminiscent of "Bohemian Rhapsody's" 2018 triumph.

Despite mixed critical reception and a modest 42% Rotten Tomatoes score, "One Love" resonates profoundly with audiences, evidenced by its A CinemaScore rating. Its release during Black History Month may have further bolstered its appeal, with 43% of its opening night audience being Black, according to THR.

Demon Slayer's Strong Debut

Hot on its heels is "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - To the Hashira Training," an extension of the wildly popular anime series. It's predicted to secure $10.8 million in its opening weekend, following a $5.5 million Friday from 1,949 locations.

The "Demon Slayer" brand, notably the 2020 feature film "Mugen Train," has previously captivated the global market, particularly in Japan, and continues to maintain a robust presence in the U.S. market. "Ordinary Angels," a drama inspired by true events and featuring Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson, clinches third place.

As a faith-oriented film that focuses more on human resilience than divine intervention, it follows in the footsteps of successful predecessors in this genre, like last year's "Sound of Freedom." Garnering an A+ CinemaScore from audiences, it's expected to gross $6.5 million in its debut weekend.

Conversely, "Drive-Away Dolls," a dark comedy from Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, is poised for a modest $2.5 million opening weekend from 2,250 theaters, ranking fifth. This is just below "Madame Web," which, per Deadline, anticipates a 64% decline in its second weekend, aiming for around $5.56 million.

In summary, while "Bob Marley: One Love" reigns supreme at the box office, the diverse array of films in theaters offers something for every moviegoer, showcasing the dynamic nature of today's film industry.

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