Box Office: Ignoring Critics, A Multigenerational Audience Makes 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Rock


The Queen biopic — starring Rami Malek as legendary frontman Freddie Mercury — opened forward of box-office hit "A Star Is Born."

Overcoming behind-the-scenes drama and mediocre critiques, Bohemian Rhapsody rocked its method to the second-best debut of all time for a music biopic, a testomony to the enduring recognition of the 1970s and 1980s British rock band Queen amongst youthful generations.

The film, from 20th Century Fox, New Regency and GK Films, blew previous expectations in opening to $50 million in North America. The solely music biopic to have executed higher is 2015's Straight Outta Compton with $60.2 million, even when adjusted for inflation.

Bohemian Rhapsody — starring Mr. Robot's Rami Malek as legendary frontman Freddie Mercury — achieved the feat regardless of dismissive critiques that resulted in a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 60 p.c. (It's the second current movie to beat a nasty Rotten Tomatoes rating after Venom, which fared far worse with 29 p.c.)

While Bohemian Rhapsody's vital reception paled compared to the 90 p.c Rotten Tomatoes rating for box-office hit A Star Is Born, which is ready in a fictional rock world, Bohemian Rhapsody racked up an even bigger opening quantity than the music-infused remake that debuted to $42.9 million in early October on its method to incomes practically $300 million up to now on the worldwide field workplace.

But like A Star Is Born — which has the benefit of starring Lady Gaga, who boasts an enormous youthful following — Bohemian Rhapsody, produced by Graham King, succeeded in luring youthful moviegoers, so it didn't should rely solely on the older crowd who have been youngsters when Queen rose to fame within the 1970s after which remained well-liked all through the 1980s.

According to comScore's exit polling service PostTrak, 17 p.c of ticket patrons have been ages 18-24, whereas 26 p.c of the viewers was between the ages of 25 and 44, a wholesome quantity for each age teams and on par with A Star Is Born.

For Bohemian Rhapsody, that was adopted by 19 p.c every for the age teams 35-44 and 45-54. Moviegoers 55 and older made up 14 p.c of ticket patrons for Bohemian Rhapsody, versus 22 p.c for A Star Is Born

Bo-Rhap — because it's affectionately referred to on the Fox lot — additionally benefited from taking part in nearly evenly gender-wise. Of the opening-weekend viewers, 51 p.c have been feminine and 49 p.c male (that compares to 61 p.c feminine and 39 p.c for A Star Is Born). And viewers total gave the movie a glowing A CinemaScore.

"I feel there are occasions when critics, who watch movie after movie after movie for a residing, and have actually seen all of it, are sometimes a bit harsh on films that primarily cater to a really particular credo: entertaining audiences. It's a easy as that," says Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations. Or, as Fox distribution distribution Chris Aronson notes, "Even the dangerous critiques stated Rami Malek's efficiency was nice. The film's viewers wasn't postpone by the dangerous critiques. And it's a multigenerational play."

Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers co-star, and Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who nonetheless tour, have been intently concerned within the big-screen adaptation, which grew to become mired in controversy when listing Bryan Singer was fired late into the manufacturing. He retains sole credit score after being changed by Dexter Fletcher, who completed the movie.

Overseas, Bohemian Rhapsody, produced on a funds of $52 million, is additionally a sensation, incomes $72.5 million for the weekend for a worldwide weekend haul of $122.5 million and early world complete of $141.7 million worldwide (it opened early within the U.Okay., the place it was instantly embraced by moviegoers).

The film is a wanted win for 20th Century Fox — and a becoming swan tune — because it prepares to vanish as a stand-alone studio as it's absorbed by Disney. Indeed, Bohemian Rhapsody made mincemeat of Disney's new weekend providing, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which opened to simply $20 million. In truth, Bohemian Rhapsody might be precisely the form of midrange film that Disney seems to a pared-down Fox label to make.

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.