Bohemian Rhapsody, Box Office, Entertainment, Film, Queen

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ opened with $50 million. Insert Queen pun here.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a box office champion, my friends. (Sorrynotsorry for that pun.)

The Rami Malek-led journey into the life and times of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury scored an estimated $50 million in its opening weekend. That’s even more than the $45 million it was expected to pull in as of Friday.

It’s the best box office start for a music biopic since 2015’s N.W.A. story, Straight Outta Compton. That earlier movie, which opened with $60.2 million, had the best start ever for any movie in the genre. Bohemian Rhapsody now falls in at #2.

Notably, this could be one of the last 21st Century Fox movies released before Disney closes its big deal to acquire a number of key Fox holdings in film and television. The deal is expected to be finalized sometime in 2019.

Bohemian Rhapsody hasn’t exactly won over critics. A review from Mashable’s own Queen superfan, Christ Taylor, included this not-exactly-glowing endorsement: “[I]t is best to treat Bohemian Rhapsody as an extended music video. Don’t expect much more and you’ll have a fine time.”

(Chris still adored the movie and had a lot of very kind, positive things to say about it in his review.)

More broadly, the move has just a 60 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (and, importantly, an audience score of 95 percent). Crowds are loving it, which isn’t exactly a surprise. 

Queen is seriously huge, a world-renowned name on the level of David Bowie. This combination of beloved star (Malek), eye-catching title (does anyone not love the song?), and fascinating subject (Queen rules!) feels like a ready-made crowd-pleaser.

All box office data provided by comScore and BoxOfficeMojo.

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