‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Repeats as Weekend Box Office Champ With $13.5 Million in Ticket Sales

Paramount Pictures’ biopic Bob Marley: One Love continued to resonate among moviegoers, adding $13.5 million in projected second-weekend ticket sales to ups its North American tally past $71.1 million through Feb.25, and $120 million worldwide.

Internationally, the movie generated an estimated $15 million over the weekend from 59 markets, bringing the international total to $49.4 million. The holdover drop was only 37% from opening weekend. The film was released in eight new territories, including a No. 1 opening in Italy, and the movie will expand to the Philippines on March 13; Singapore, Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong on March 14; Malaysia on April 18; and Japan on May 17.

On Friday, Feb. 23, One Love surpassed $100 million at the worldwide box office, reaching the milestone after only 10 days in theaters. The film continues to draw audiences as broad as Bob Marley’s music after shattering the record for a midweek Valentine’s Day release and setting opening-day records for a music biopic in the United Kingdom, France and several other countries, as well as an all-time record opening in Jamaica.

The movie edged out Sony/Crunchyroll’s animated debut of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — To the Hashira Training with $11.5 million in revenue, while Lionsgate’s faith-based Ordinary Angels rounded out the weekend podium with a projected $6.2 million in opening weekend revenue.

Based on a true story, Ordinary Angels centers on Sharon (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank), a struggling hairdresser in small-town Kentucky who discovers a renewed sense of purpose when she meets Ed (Alan Ritchson), a widower working hard to make ends meet for his two daughters.

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Columbia Pictures’ Madame Web made $1.6 million on Friday, $2.655 million on Saturday and a projected $1.7 million on Sunday across 4,013 screens. The Sony studio is projecting $6 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $35.4 million through Sunday.

Columbia’s adult comedy Anyone But You topped $200 million worldwide, making $378,000 on Friday, $532,000 on Saturday and a projected $350,000 on Sunday across 1,455 screens. The studio is projecting $1.26 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $87 million through Sunday. Since debuting during the Christmas holiday, the film has gained traction among moviegoers, makes it the highest grossing ‘R’-rated romantic comedy globally since 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby and recent romcoms Ticket To Paradise and The Lost City.

Paramount Bowing ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ 55th Anniversary 4K UHD Disc, Digital Releases May 14

Paramount Home Entertainment will release director Sergio Leone’s big-budget western Once Upon a Time in the West on 4K UHD Blu-ray and 4K digital May 14 for its 55th anniversary.

Fresh off the success of his spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, Leone attracted the attention of Paramount, which bankrolled the 1968 production (the movie was release in 1969), widely considered to be one of the greatest Westerns — and one of the greatest films — ever made.

Set in the dying days of the Old West, the film follows a struggle to control water in a dusty desert town, which embroils three hard-bitten gunmen in an epic clash of greed, honor and revenge.

The film, starring Claudia Cardinale, Henry Fonda, Jason Robards and Charles Bronson, was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the U.S. National Film Registry in 2009.

For the 4K release, Paramount has restored the film from the original 35mm Techniscope (introduced by Technicolor Italia in 1960) camera negative by the studio’s archive team, L’Immagine Ritrovata, and the Film Foundation. The restoration honors the 2007 Film Foundation photochemical restoration overseen by director Martin Scorsese by matching its build and color palette. The home release features the 165-minute extended cut of the film.

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The movie will be offered in a limited-edition two-disc 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray set that includes both new and legacy bonus content, as well as access to a 4K digital copy of the film. The film is presented in Dolby Vision and HDR-10, along with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Restored Mono Dolby Digital for an exceptional home viewing experience.

Bonus content on the Blu-ray Disc includes:

  • Commentary by the hosts of the Spaghetti Western podcast
  • “A Look Back with Leonard Maltin”
  • Commentary with contributions from directors John Carpenter, John Milius and Alex Cox; film historians Sir Christopher Frayling and Dr. Sheldon Hall; and cast and crew
  • “An Opera of Violence”
  • “The Wages of Sin”
  • “Something to Do With Death”
  • “Railroad: Revolutionising the West”
  • “Locations Then & Now” (gallery)
  • Production gallery
  • Theatrical trailer

 

 

‘Madame Web,’ ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Biopic Look to Jumpstart Presidents Day Weekend Box Office

Paramount Pictures’ biopic Bob Marley: One Love and Sony Pictures’ Madame Web are hoping to rejuvenate moviegoer interest for Presidents Day weekend following last weekend’s underwhelming Super Bowl weekend that realized just $37 million in total ticket sales.

One Love, which stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as the late Reggae superstar Bob Marley, tracked $3.85 million in special Thursday sneak screenings, to up its week revenue to $14 million going into the weekend. The movie is projected to sell north of $35 million in ticket sales through Feb. 18, according to new data from Box Office Pro.

Meanwhile, in a switch from the typical superhero genre, Columbia Pictures’ Madame Web tells the standalone story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a paramedic in Manhattan who develops the power to see the future — and realizes she can use that insight to change it. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she forges a relationship with three young women bound for powerful destinies — if they can all survive a deadly present.

The movie made $2.15 million on Thursday sneak screenings across 4,013 screens, bringing its two-day gross to $8.2 million. With young females making a strong showing, Sony is projecting a six-day holiday weekend gross of $26.8 million.

Columbia’s adult comedy Anyone But You: The Valentine Encore made $315,000 on Thursday across 2,805 screens, bringing its total domestic gross to $82.3 million through Thursday.

Fathom Events’ “The Chosen: Season 4 Episodes 4–6” looks to round out the weekend box office with $4.8 million in ticket sales over three days, and $5.9 million for the extended Presidents Day weekend.

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‘The Beekeeper’ Edges ‘Mean Girls’ in Slow Box Office Weekend

Amazon MGM Studios’ Jason Statham actioner The Beekeeper took in a reported $7.4 million in ticket sales to narrowly edge Paramount Pictures’ reigning box office topper Mean Girls with $7.3 million. The Beekeeper upped its North American tally past $42 million and $100 million globally.

Paramount, which claims its musical adaptation of 2004’s Mean Girls remained the No. 1 movie in North America for the third consecutive weekend, earning an estimated $11.6 million at the global box office, bringing the film’s worldwide total to $83.4 million since its Jan. 12 release.

Regardless of the final outcome, the North American weekend box office fell below $60 million, just ahead of the $51.8 million tally over the Sept. 22, 2023, weekend — the lowest over the past 12 months.

Mean Girls upped its domestic total to $60.8 million, while adding $4.3 million across 22 territories to lift the international total to $22.6 million. The film remained No. 1 in the U.K. and expanded into Germany and Austria. Mean Girls opens in Argentina, Chile and Columbia on Feb. 1; Belgium on Feb 7; and Poland on March 15.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka finished atop the weekend box office podium for the seventh weekend, adding $5.9 million in ticket sales to up its North American tally to $195 million and $552 million worldwide.

Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Migration saw another $5 million in ticket sales to up its North American total to $102 million and $206 million globally.

Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures’ Anyone But You made $1.5 million on Friday, $2.17 million on Saturday and is projected to add $1.13 million on Sunday across 2,885 screens to up its North American weekend tally at $4.8 million, and $71.196 million overall through Sunday.

The comedy added $14.2 million this weekend, bringing its international total to $55.4 million, and global gross to $126.6 million. Sony said the movie is playing across more than 6,000 screens in 48 markets.

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Paramount’s ‘Mean Girls’ Seeks Third Weekend Box Office Win

Paramount Pictures’ musical reboot of Mean Girls is projected to top the box office for a third straight weekend with around $7.2 million in ticket sales, according to new data from Box Office Pro — again holding off MGM Studios’ actioner The Beekeeper, starring Jason Statham, with $6.1 million in projected revenue.

Rounding out the theatrical podium is expected to be Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet, with a projected $5.5 million in ticket sales, and upping its domestic tally past $190 million; $540 million worldwide.

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Theatrical holdovers continue to dominate the box office in Hollywood’s sluggish 2024 theatrical market debut. Returning films include Universal Pictures/Illumination’s Migration (projected $4.7 million), Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You ($4.3 million), Warner’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom ($2.6 million), MGM’s American Fiction ($2.5 million), Searchlight Pictures’ Oscar-nominated Poor Things ($2.3 million), MGM’s The Boys in the Boat ($2 million) and Universal’s Night Swim ($1.8 million) — the latter two available in the home on premium digital. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is also available on premium digital

‘Mean Girls’ Musical Remains No. 1 Weekend Box Office Release Through Jan. 21

Paramount Pictures’ musical adaptation of Mean Girls remained the No. 1 movie globally with an estimated $19.2 million in ticket sales, including $11.7 million across North American screens. The movie’s cumulative worldwide total now tallies $66.3 million, including $50.1 million in North America, since its Jan. 12 release.

The film expanded into the United Kingdom and New Zealand, where it opened at No. 1 in both markets. In the United Kingdom, the film grossed $4.1 million, benefiting from an “Every day we wear Pink” marketing campaign with Boots, the country’s biggest beauty retailer, that generated close to 1 billion impressions.

Mean Girls opens in Austria, Germany and Peru on Jan 25; Argentina, Chile and Columbia on Feb. 1; Belgium on Feb 7; and Poland on March 15.

Amazon/MGM Studios’ actioner The Beekeeper, starring Jason Statham, added $8.7 million to up its 10-day tally to more than $31 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures’  Wonka saw another $6.4 million in projected ticket sales, to up its North American tally to more than $187 million after six weekends.

Columbia Pictures’ adult comedy Anyone But You crossed $100 million at the global box office, to become the highest grossing ‘R’-rated romantic comedy since 2016’s Bridget Jones’s Baby. The film’s total global gross stands at $100.2 million. Domestically, the film made $1.74 million on Friday, $2.32 million on Saturday and a projected $1.34 million on Sunday across 2,928 locations. Sony is projecting a weekend total of $5.4 million, bringing the comedy’s total domestic gross to $64.22 million through Jan. 21. Internationally, the film made $10.6 million this weekend to bring its international gross to $36 million. Holdover markets sustained their momentum and finished down around 14%.

Finally, Bleecker Street’s new sci-fi release I.S.S. debuted with about $3 million in ticket sales.

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‘Mean Girls’ Scores MLK Weekend Box Office Win With Projected $32 Million

Paramount Pictures’ Mean Girls debuted as the No. 1 movie in North America, expected to generate an estimated $34.5 million at the global box office, including an estimated $32 million across North American screens, through the Martin Luther King Jr. (Jan. 15) holiday. Paramount announced moviegoers skewed 76% female and 60% under the age of 25. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original Mean Girls movie starring Lindsay Lohan.

The $36 million-budget musical adaptation (originally intended as a Paramount+ exclusive) opens next weekend in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, following with Austria and Germany on Jan. 25 and Belgium on Feb. 7.

“The movie is super-serving a female audience that yet again demonstrated they will show up to theatres in droves when you deliver films for them,” the studio said in a statement.

To help market the new musical movie, Paramount released the entire original movie in 23 clips on TikTok on Oct. 3, 2023, known to social media users as “Mean Girls Day.”

MGM Studios’ The Beekeeper, starring Jason Statham in the action thriller, is expected to generate an estimated $19 million through Monday, in addition to $20.4 million across 49 territories for a worldwide tally of $39.1 million.

Warner Bros. Pictures’ music prequel Wonka, starring Timothée Chalamet, is expected add an estimated $11 million through Monday, to up its North American tally to $178 million, and $500 million worldwide.

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Sony’s Columbia Pictures adult comedy Anyone But You is projected to generate a four-day holiday weekend total of $8.3 million, bringing its total domestic gross to $56.5 million through Monday. Legendary Pictures’ religious-themed The Book of Clarence is projected to take in a $3 million opening four-day weekend total.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese Take on Taylor Swift for Weekend Box Office Supremacy

Paramount Pictures/Apple Studios’ Western period drama Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, takes on last weekend’s box office star, Taylor Swift / The Eras Tour music concert movie, for theatrical supremacy for the weekend through Oct. 22.

The polar opposite-themed movies are looking to sustain the fall theatrical box office following the summer of “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer).

Flower Moon, which generated $2.6 million in Thursday preview screenings and is looking at next year’s industry awards circuit, is projected to sell $30.2 million in opening weekend tickets, according to new data from Box Office Pro. That could be enough to dethrone Taylor Swift’s sophomore theatrical weekend at a projected $30.1 million in revenue. The New Eras movie generated $6 million in Thursday screenings.

Regardless, the latter tally would be a 68% drop from The Eras Tour global box office debut of $123 million, including $94 million in North America.

With Swift’s movie only screening on weekends, which could increase repeat moviegoer demand among Swifties, and DiCaprio and Scorsese unable to market Flower Moon across press junkets due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA labor strike, it’s a toss-up which film will finish No. 1.

Returning theatrical releases include Universal Pictures/Blumhouse’s The Exorcist: Believer with an additional projected $6.3 million in ticket sales; Paramount Pictures’ Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie (projected $4.5 million), Lionsgate’s Saw X ($3.9 million), and 20th Century Studios’ The Creator ($2.5 million).

Disney is debuting The Nightmare Before Christmas: 30th Anniversary in theaters, which is projected to sell $1.4 million in tickets across 1,500 North American screens.

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Jonathan Dolgen, Hard-Driving Studio Boss and Home Video Pioneer, Dies at 78

Jonathan Dolgen, the tough-as-nails Paramount Pictures boss and a home video pioneer, died Oct. 9 in Los Angeles at the age of 78.

A former Wall Street lawyer, Dolgen took the reins of Paramount in 1994 when he was brought in as chairman of the Viacom Entertainment Group by Sumner Redstone. His mandate was to rebuild the ailing studio, which Viacom had just acquired. Dolgen came to Viacom with a reputation for abrasiveness and a track record of extreme cost-cutting and shrewd deal-making.

Working closely with studio chief Sherry Lansing, who had joined Paramount two years earlier, Dolgen succeeded famously. Over the pair’s 10-year run Paramount scored such huge theatrical successes as Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Titanic, Deep Impact, The Truman Show, Runaway Bride, and Mission: Impossible 2. The studio also became a major force in home video, under the auspices of Eric Doctorow.

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“Jonathan was the smartest executive I ever worked for, and the toughest,” said Doctorow, who now runs his own independent film distribution company, Random Media.

Dolgen was born on April 27, 1945, to a working-class family in Queens. He graduated from Cornell University in 1966 before earning a law degree three years later from New York University Law School.

He began his career with the Wall Street law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, focused on corporate law. He moved into entertainment in 1976, shortly before the birth of the home video business, when he took a job as assistant general counsel for Columbia Pictures. In June 1978, the studio launched its own home video division, which released its first 20 movies on videocassette in November 1979. This initial batch of movies was distributed through a rental “club” run by Time-Life, but Columbia Pictures Home Entertainment, as the home video division was called, soon set up its own distribution arm.

In 1981, Columbia teamed with RCA to set up an international home video division, and in 1982 RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video was launched to service the North American market. Dolgen was involved in all these ventures, and in 1983 was promoted to president of the studio’s Pay Cable & Home Entertainment Group.

In January 1985, Dolgen left Columbia to become Senior EVP at 20th Century Fox. In July of that year the New York Times reported that Lawrence Hilford, president of CBS/Fox Video, “the largest videocassette distributor in the country, … would leave the company…. Recently, there have been reports of conflict between Mr. Hilford and Jonathan Dolgen…. Mr. Dolgen has played a key role at Fox since he joined the company in January, shortly after Barry Diller was named chairman in October. Among Mr. Dolgen’s responsibilities at Fox is the videocassette operation….”

Dolgen later served as chairman of 20th Century Fox Television before leaving the studio in 1990 to assume the presidency of Columbia Pictures.

After Paramount, Dolgen held various board seats, including at Expedia, the travel website. He also served as a senior consultant at the ARTISTdirect Network, a music destination website.

He also became involved in philanthropy. He was a big supporter of his alma mater, Cornell University, and served on the Cornell Major Gifts Committee. He was a founder of the Friends of the Cornell University Theater Arts Center and, in 2011, was celebrated along with his wife, Susan, as Foremost Benefactors of Cornell. Dolgen also has served on the boards of such nonprofits as the California Institute of the Arts, Claremont Graduate University and The Simon Wisenthal Center. 

Dolgen is survived by his wife, Susan; two daughters, Tamar and Lauren; three grandchildren; and his brother, David Dolgen. 

Paramount’s ‘Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie’ Tops First October Box Office Weekend With $23 Million Debut

Paramount Pictures/Spin Master’s’ latest animated “Paw Patrol” release, Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, topped the North American box office with $23 million in ticket sales for the weekend. The tally was well ahead of the 2021’s Paw Patrol: The Movie, which opened to $13.1 million. The Mighty Movie’s international opening weekend estimate was around $23.1 million across 45 markets, to up the movie’s global opening to around $46.1 million.

Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ new release Saw X, is currently on track to generate $18 million to $20 million in ticket sales, more than double the opening of the franchise’s most-recent release Spiral: From The Book of Saw, which opened to $8.75 million in May 2021. Before that, Jigsaw opened to $16.6 million in October 2017. Saw X is expected to deliver the highest opening weekend for the franchise since 2010.

Saw X grossed an estimated $11.3 million from 50 territories for an estimated worldwide gross to date of $29.3 million. The franchise has grossed more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office and is one of the longest-running horror movies in history. The franchise returns to its roots, focusing on the iconic, twisted killer John Kramer, played by Tobin Bell. In Saw X, the film explores the untold chapter of Jigsaw’s most personal game. Set between the events of the first two “Saw” movies, a sick and desperate Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer — only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, Kramer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through a series of ingenious and terrifying traps.

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Disney’s 20th Century Studios’ The Creator opened to $14 million for the weekend, while Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Nun II added $4.6 million to up its North American tally near $77 million after four weekends.

Meanwhile, Columbia Pictures and Black Bear Pictures’ comedy drama Dumb Money entered its wide release and final phase this weekend of its three-step platform rollout. The film was projected make $3.5 million in revenue for the weekend, bringing its total gross through two weekends to $7.3 million.

Columbia Pictures’ The Equalizer 3 was projected to add $2.7 million for the weekend, bringing its total domestic gross to $86 million through Sunday.