'Bohemian Rhapsody' Stuns With Second Biggest All-Time Opening for a Music Biopic

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The movie raked in $50 million final weekend in North America, plus one other $72 million internationally.

Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody had an distinctive weekend on the field workplace races.

The hotly-anticipated biopic -- starring Rami Malek because the Queen frontman -- arrived out of the gates with an astounding $50 million on its opening weekend in North America, plus one other $72 million internationally. Notably, Bohemian Rhapsody boasts the second-largest begin of all time for a music biopic even when adjusted for inflation -- solely trailing behind N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton at $60.2 million.

Rhapsody's astounding efficiency on the field workplace comes after a tumultuous interval main as much as the movie's launch, together with criticism that the movie erased Mercury's queer id, manufacturing that got here to a screeching halt late final 12 months and accusations of sexual assault and improper on-set conduct leveled in opposition to the movie's unique director, Bryan Singer -- who was changed mid-production.

Still, there's loads to have fun. The launch of Bohemian Rhapsody has additionally revived curiosity within the iconic rock band's music. Sales of its soundtrack have given Queen its 17th Top 40 album on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 equal album models earned -- 12,000 of which have been by conventional album gross sales. The music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" additionally drew extra curiosity main as much as the movie, averaging 1 million views per day final week on prime of the over 670 million it had already amassed.