Bob Marley

‘Bob Marley: One Love’ Is A Money-Earning Box Office Hit

The film's release has shattered records in Jamaica.

Paramount’s Bob Marley: One Love exceeded box office expectations during its debut weekend in the United States and internationally.

The biopic starring Kingsley Ben-Adir drew $52 million between Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day domestically, surpassing its estimated $51 million revenue on Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This doesn’t include the additional $29 million the film garnered globally, setting a new record for a musical biopic opening in the UK and France and becoming the biggest film opening in Marley’s native Jamaica ever. Overall, the film achieved nearly double what was expected during its weekend opening, all with a total budget of $70 million, an admirable feat on par with earlier biopics such as Rocketman and Elvis. 

The late musician’s son, Ziggy Marley, celebrated the film’s accomplishments on Instagram. “The #bobmarleymovie that carries a message even in it’s very title is number 1,” the 55-year-old boasted. “How blessed it is that One Love is at the forefront in this time. How blessed that a film is also spreading a consciousness around the world. Like @bobmarley music so is @onelovemovie. Thanks to all the fans, friends and families who made this possible. JAH Live.” 

Marley’s widow, Rita Marley, also applauded the film’s success. “Give thanks to the people 🙏🏾 for helping to spread the message of #ONELOVE,” she shared on Instagram. “The UPrising tide elevate all boats in its waters. #bobmarley @onelovemovie.”  Both Rita and Ziggy Marley were producers of the film, alongside his daughter, Cedella Marley. 

The motion picture depicts the late Rastafarian singer and his band, the Wailers, as they attempt to use music as a bridge between political ideologies to promote peace. As he survives an assassination attempt, copes with his deteriorating health as a result of a rare skin cancer, and struggles to navigate his duties as a father and husband, Marley grapples with his role as one of Jamaica’s most popular musical acts ever.