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Specialty Box Office: 'Marley' Doc Scores Very Strong Debut

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 22, 2012 at 1:23PM

Coming off the success of their doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," Magnolia Pictures has another doc-related reason to celebrate with the strong debut numbers from Kevin Macdonald's "Marley." Appropriately released over 4/20 weekend, the film led a batch of newcomers that included Sony Classics' "Darling Companion" and Sundance Selects' "Goodbye First Love."
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Coming off the success of their doc "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," Magnolia Pictures has another doc-related reason to celebrate with the strong debut numbers from Kevin Macdonald's "Marley." Appropriately released over 4/20 weekend, the film led a batch of newcomers that included Sony Classics' "Darling Companion" and Sundance Selects' "Goodbye First Love."

Also notable were the expansions of "Damsels in Distress," "Bully" and "Monsieur Lazhar," as well as a big stumble in the second frame of last weekend's top debut, Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7th Day."

Check out the full rundown below:

The Debuts:

"Marley" (Magnolia Pictures)
Kevin Macdonald's Bob Marley doc debuted on a substantial 42 theaters across the country and saw a very strong $260,000 gross as a result. Averaging $6,190, the film -- which chronicles the life of reggae legend Bob Marley -- is off to a very good start ahead of further expansion and despite its presence on VOD (which it also debuted on this weekend).

"Darling Companion" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Sony Classics released Lawrence Kasdan's first film since 2003 -- "Darling Companion" -- at 4 locations this weekend to somewhat disappointing results. "Companion" grossed $46,296 for a respectable $11,574 average. Though considering the presence of Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Dianne Weist and Richard Jenkins, one might have expected some higher numbers. 

"Goodbye First Love" (Sundance Selects)
Mia Hansen-Love's French "Goodbye First Love" made its way to America this weekend care of Sundance Selects, who released it on 4 screens in New York and Los Angeles. The result was a unimpressive $21,200 gross, for a $5,300 average. "Goodbye First Love" will roll out to major markets throughout May.

"The Moth Diaries" (IFC Midnight)
Sundance Selects sister distributor IFC Midnight released Mary Harron's boarding school horror flick "The Moth Diaries" on 2 screens, and the results were very weak as the film took in $2,400 from 2 screens, averaging $1,200.

"Jesus Henry Christ" (EOne)
A year after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Dennis Lee's "Jesus Henry Christ" -- starring Toni Collette and Michael Sheen -- opened on 3 screens this weekend, and the results were not strong. The film took in $9,298 for a $3,099 average.

For a report on over a dozen holdover releases, including "Monsieur Lazhar," "Woman Thou Art Loosed!," "Damsels in Distress" and "Bully," continue to the next page.

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