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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
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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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Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/films/2018/11/05/bohemian-rhapsody-track-biggest-music-biopic-time/

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