'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is The Queen Of The Box Office

The biopic of the group led by Freddie Mercury has performed better than expected.

Bohemian Rhapsody © Twentieth Century Fox France

Despite rather mitigated reviews, the biopic which we'd given up hope of ever seeing on cinema screens had a pretty successful Halloween weekend at the US box office. Experts estimated that it would gross 30 million dollars in the days following its release, but Bohemian Rhapsody actually made around 50 million.

This might seem rather low compared to the sums associated with mega-blockbusters, but it's still rather good going. The movie already seems set to steal the crown of biggest biopic of a rock group from Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors. To give you an idea, Bohemian Rhapsody took 67% of the total box office income made by The Doors in a single weekend (adjusted for inflation, the film about Jim Morrison and his band brought in 63.29 million dollars at the box office).

The film's performance is even more surprising given the fact that the terrifying Halloween is still in theaters, which we assumed would monopolize most cinema visits around the time of the festival of the dead. This was the case to some extent, but not enough to prevent the biopic starring Rami Malek from recovering the initial sum invested, a reported 52 million dollars. In reality, the movie's main competitor was meant to be the new Christmas blockbuster from Disney, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which made just a timid 20 million dollars in the end.

The movie is also performing well around the world, where it is estimated to have grossed 72 million dollars. This estimate is likely to rise when the film is released in Italy and Japan. Watch this space. 

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