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Battle at the Box Office 2/26/24

Bob Marley remained at the top of the box office for the final weekend of February but the latest Demon Slayer theatrical release was a close second.

Bob Marley: One Love took in another $13.4 million over the weekend, dropping 53% from last weekend’s opening.  It currently has $71.1 million domestically and $110.8 million worldwide.  One Love actually made more in it’s second weekend than Elvis did in its seconde weekend back in 2022 and it seems to be on a slight higher pace.  Elvis had a final domestic total of $151 million, so if Bob Marley can keep pace, it could make that or more unless the brick wall of Dune Part Two absolutely decimates its audience.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba—To the Hashira Training, the latest theatrical release for the popular anime series, took second place with $11.4 million.  Of the three Demon Slayer theatrical releases, that places this release in second behind Mugen Train ahead of To the Swordsmith Village and Mugen Train is the highest opening for the modern era of anime movies in the domestic market. Wolrwide To the Hashira Training has $21.5 million.

Ordinary Angels opened in third place with $6.1 million.  That’s the third best opening for faith-based distrubition company Kingdom Story Company behind Jesus Revolution and I Still Believe. The movie got an incredible A+ CinemaScore, which should mean massive word of mouth that could help it counter-program against Dune this coming weekend.

Madame Web and Migration rounded out the top 5, with Madame Web dropping 61% from last weekend’s opening.  The disasterous Sony superhero movie took in another $6 million, putting it at $35.4 million domestically and $61.6 million worldwide.  Migration is up to almost $270 million worldwide.

Down in 8th place was the opening of Drive-Away Dolls, which only made $2.4 million in 2,280 theaters.  A solo effort from Ethan Coen, the movie got mixed reviews from critics and a C Cinemascore, which will most likely drop it out of the top 10 next weekend and sink it’s theatrical prospects.  It did make more than No Country For Old Men made in its opening weekend but that movie was also only in 28 theaters and still took in $1.2 million.

The Per Theater average went to a re-release of Russian master Andrei Tartakovsky’s Nostalghia, which made $8,797 in each of the 5 theaters it was playing in over the weekend.


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