Bohemian Rhapsody is on its way to be the biggest music biopic of all time.
The dynamite biopic about the legendary rock band Queen has rocked its audience to the tune of an estimated $50 million opening weekend across 4,000 theaters in the US and Canada. Bohemian Rhapsody will score the second biggest opening for a music biopic ever, behind 2015’s Straight Outta Compton ($60.2 million).
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film was projected to debut in the $35 million to $40 million range. But it definitely exceeded expectations, dethroning the also hugely successful Halloween as the No. 1 film in North America.
Starring as the band’s frontman Freddie Mercury is Rami Malek. While critical reviews are mixed, everyone agrees that Malek’s portrayal of Mercury is spot on. The film has received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
See the weekend’s box office figures below:
1. Bohemian Rhapsody — $50 million
2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — $20 million
3. Nobody’s Fool — $14 million
4. A Star Is Born — $11.1 million
5. Halloween — $11 million
6. Venom — $7.9 million
7. Smallfoot — $3.8 million
8. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween — $3.7 million
9. Hunter Killer — $3.5 million
10. The Hate U Give — $3.4 million