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Solid Weekend Debut For "Marley" + 2nd Weekend Numbers For "Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day"

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 22, 2012 10:43 PM
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In the so-called "specialty box office" category... another film that also opened this weekend to strong numbers was Magnolia Pictures's Kevin Macdonald-directed Bob Marley documentary, titled, simply, Marley - a film we've given lots of coverage to on S&A.

The film opened on 42 screens and managed a weekend take of $260,000, averaging over $6,100 per screen, one of the top 5 highest averages this weekend.

According to Magnolia Pictures' prez, Eamonn Bowles, the doc was number 1 "in all but a handful of complexes and usually by multiples over the next highest film... which is great news for expanding in the next couple of weeks. In addition, we were the number six film in all iTunes on Friday, which bodes extremely well for the digital and VOD platforms. This looks to be an extremely profitable film for us."

And in case you've forgotten, Magnolia released the film simultaneously in theaters AND digital/VOD platforms. So even if you don't live anywhere close to any of the 42 theater screens the film is currently screening, you can still watch it by renting it via iTunes, for example. Although it looks like it'll expand to more cities in coming weekends.

Also worth noting is CodeBlack Entertainment’s Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day, which added 4 more screens to last week's numbers, to make it 106; however, it tumbled, dropping about 82% from last week's strong $650,000 opening, earning roughly $111,000 this weekend, bringing its cume to $889,000.

I think it's safe to say that Think Like A Man likely had something to do with that. However, as you'll recall from my conversation with CodeBlack CEO Jeff Clanagan last weekend, his plan was to hold the number of screens this weekend, expecting Think Like A Man to be the big story, and then look to expand further next weekend.

It probably won't do the same kind of numbers that Laugh At My Pain (CodeBlack's last release) did, which got off to a much stronger start during the first 3 weeks it was in release, but let's see where it eventually ends up.

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  • HDtracks | April 24, 2012 1:07 PMReply

    If you are having a bad day it is about to get better and if you are having a good day its about to be great... Out today on HDtracks in 192/24 and 96/24 Bob Marley's multi-platinum collection of greatest hits "Legends." This compilation is one of Billboard’s longest charting albums of all time and was included on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums of all time. Included are the monster hits, “No Woman, No Cry,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Redemption Song,” “Waiting in Vain” and more!

  • Brandt Hardin | April 23, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    I'm delighted to finally see a cinematic tribute to one of the most important musicians in history! Bob Marley has influenced the entire world with his music, which will live on to be rediscovered by more and more generations to come. His work has affected my life and my art so much. I paid tribute to him with a surreal and psychedelic portrait inspired by his words and a little 4/20 action. You can see it on my artist’s blog at

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 22, 2012 11:36 PMReply

    "Marley" was superb. Well worth the money.

  • Monique A. Williams | April 24, 2012 8:18 AM

    Indeed. It's a beautiful film.

  • Miles Maker | April 22, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    The MARLEY revenue I really wanna see is day-and-date Facebook and VoD.

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