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Bohemian Rhapsody on track to be the biggest music biopic of all time

Bohemian Rhapsody on track to be the biggest music biopic of all time
05 Nov

20th Century Fox‘s Bohemian Rhapsody rocked its audience to the tune of an estimated $50 million (£38.5 million) opening weekend.

The Queen film not only over-performed its original US box office estimate of $43-$35 million (£33-25 million), but also snagged the record of being the second-biggest music biopic opening ever.

The only music biopic to have a bigger opening weekend was F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton, chronicling the rise and fall of rap group NWA,  in 2015 with a $60.2 million (£46.3 million).

Critical reviews for Bohemian Rhapsody were mixed, despite universal praise for Rami Malek as flamboyant Queen front man Freddie Mercury, with The Telegraph’s Tim Robey saying  “even the good-ish, semi-funny, or semi-moving scenes here have an issue: because of the sense of missed opportunity bedevilling the whole thing, they feel like sketches for great moments that might have been.”

However, despite the divided reviews and behind-the-scenes production drama (director Bryan Singer was fired by the studio two-thirds of the way through filming and replaced with actor-director Dexter Fletcher to finish production) Bohemian Rhapsody is a roaring populist success, with audiences giving the film a 95 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Bohemian Rhapsody is also a supersonic smash in the UK, debuting with £6.48m, for a total of £9.53m in five days.  The film is enroute to becoming the biggest music biopic ever in the UK, surpassing the likes of Ray (£4.2m in 2005), Walk the Line (£18.1 in 2007) and Straight Outta Compton (£12.2m 2015).

With a Killer Queen soundtrack and dynamite musical performances, Bohemian Rhapsody looks to follow in the footsteps of musical hits La La Land and The Greatest Showman as a feel-good sing-along success.  

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