Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody may match A Star is Born's opening weekend at the box office. The latter film was one of several October releases that became a bona fide hit, joining the ranks of Venom and Halloween in what was a record-breaking month. Of course, studios are hoping November brings about similar results, particularly over the Thanksgiving holiday when a bevy of projects premiere. Before then, however, the story of the legendary Freddie Mercury is brought to the big screen, looking to make a splash.
Bohemian Rhapsody didn't have the easiest path to the big screen, and unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if all that trouble was worth it. The film's earned mixed reviews, with many considering it a sanitized and routine biographical drama that falls well short of approaching Queen's groundbreaking artistry. While Fox was certainly hoping for better results from a critical perspective, it looks as if it'll be in fine shape, commercially speaking.
Per Box Office Pro, Bohemian Rhapsody is estimated to earn $40.7 million over its first three days. That's in the neighborhood of Bradley Cooper's A Star is Born, which grossed $42.9 million in its debut. So, it's conceivable that if things break the right way, Bohemian Rhapsody could exceed these projections and open a little higher. Either way, the movie should go down as a financial success, seeing that the budget was $52 million.
If there's anything holding Bohemian Rhapsody back, it's the aforementioned word-of-mouth. While A Star is Born is the current frontrunner for Best Picture at the Oscars, the Mercury biopic received far more tepid responses. Rami Malek's impressive performance as the rock icon could only carry the film so far, as some people took issue with how Bohemian Rhapsody handles certain aspects of Mercury's life and the other members of Queen. As a result, this isn't exactly a film cinephiles need to check out in order to keep up with awards contenders, limiting its appeal. Of course, Queen is still a very popular band with a wide fan base, so that may be enough to carry it to box office heights.
Elsewhere in the top five, Disney's new holiday film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is projected to come in second with $19.5 million. The Mouse House has had a lot of success with their live-action reimaginings the past few years, but this is the rare exception. Critics weren't thrilled with the film, which hurts its prospects. Tyler Perry's latest, Nobody's Fool, should come in fourth with $14.5 million. Holdovers will also stick around, with Halloween poised for a third-place finish and A Star is Born coming in fifth.
Source: Box Office Pro
- Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) release date: Nov 02, 2018