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Weekend Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocking at Box Office

Weekend Box Office: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocking at Box Office
Nov 4 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 11/4/2018 11:39:06 AM IST

 Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody sang loudly at the Friday box office with $18.4 million from 4,000 theaters for a rhapsodic $43 million-$45 million debut in North America, one of the best showings of all time for the genre and well ahead of expectations.

That’s easily enough to win the weekend ahead of fellow new offerings The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Tyler Perry’s first R-rated comedy, Nobody’s Fool. It also would be ahead of the recent opening of the music-infused, box-office hit A Star Is Born, which earned $15.7 million on its first Friday for a $42.9 million debut. (That film opened opposite Venom.)

To date, the top domestic opening for a music biopic belongs to the 2015’s Straight Outta Compton ($60.2 million). Bohemian Rhapsody would mark the second biggest after that, even when adjusted for inflation.

Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is a victory for 20th Century Fox as it prepares to disappear as a stand-alone Hollywood studio and be absorbed by Disney. While critics haven’t embraced the film, audiences graced it with an A CinemaScore. Graham King produced the long-in-the-making film, with New Regency co-financing.

Friday’s gross includes $3.9 million in Thursday-night previews.

The $52 million Bohemian Rhapsody, chronicling the rise of the iconic British rock band Queen, had plenty of drama during its journey to the big screen. Toward the end of production, helmer Bryan Singer was fired. Singer, who retains sole directing credit, was replaced by Dexter Fletcher.

Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers co-star in Bohemian Rhapsody, which launched to a huge $12.5 million in the U.K. last weekend to mark one of the biggest openings of the year in England, as well as one of the top showings in recent memory for a non-franchise title. The biopic drew all age groups, boding well for its North American run.

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