The Bob Marley: One Love Biopic has seen a massive number of people turning out to the showing of the film, which began to air on Valentine’s Day across the world. Local theaters and international theaters are packed and sold out around the clock as many turned out to see the depiction of Bob Marley, played by Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Lashana Lynch, as Rita Marley, and part of his life story on film.
The legendary Jamaican singer is widely known and loved worldwide and is favored to be honored as a national hero by many Jamaicans.
According to Deadline, the movie scored the biggest opening day of all time in Jamaica and internationally; it is the number one film for the biggest and second biggest launch days for a music biopic. Bob Marley: One Love tops the US Box Office this weekend with an expected $46 million haul, beating out the superhero movie, Madame Web, which raked in $24 million.
The film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, also broke box office records and earned $4.9M across ten markets on the opening day. International cumulative audience accounts for $5.4M, including previews.
The movie is opening across more markets for the first time on Friday (February 16th), with 26 markets beginning to play, and over the weekend, an additional 26 will be added.
A breakdown by Deadline reveals that the movie is No. 1 in the United Kingdom, grossing $2.3m, in France at $1.3M, No. 1 in Australia on Wednesday with $615K, No. 3 in Spain with $185K, No. 1 in New Zealand with $175K among many others.
For many of these countries, the movie has the biggest opening day for a music biopic; for others, it is second to Bohemian Rhapsody.
On the other hand, while Jamaicans turned out to see the film, some were not pleased by the movie and the depiction of Marley, with a large amount of them criticizing Ziggy Marley, one of the producers of the film. In contrast, others were not pleased with English actor Kingsley Ben-Adir being chosen to play the beloved reggae singer.
Jamaicans are a tough crowd, especially when it comes to them being represented to the world. No doubt, many have been skeptical about Ben-Adir being chosen for the role, and others have raked Ziggy over the coals for saying that he couldn’t find the right actor from Jamaica that could aptly embody his father, not even from among his brothers, some of whom sound and behave just like Bob.