Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has hit the top spot in the US on its first weekend of release in the country.
The film took a hefty $50million at the North American box office; a respectable figure for a November release. According to Box Office Mojo, the tally was also above expectations for the 20th Century Fox production.
The film received generally positive but somewhat mixed reviews from the critics. Most have praised actor Rami Malek’s portrayal of the bisexual rock legend, Freddie Mercury. However, some find the storytelling pedestrian and uninspired. It scores 60% on aggregate reviews website Rotten Tomatoes.
However, the movie’s proving less divisive with audiences. They give Bohemian Rhapsody a 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
It also earned an ‘A’ Cinemascore. This is a movie appeal rating taken from the polling of movie audiences after they’ve seen a film.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s chart-topping US box office follows the movie’s release a week earlier in the UK. In that territory it took $11.8million over its opening weekend, and has now taken $26.6million in total.
Following its exclusive opening in the UK, it opened in a further 64 territories this past weekend. Its cumulative international haul is $141million.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s production budget is estimated at $52million. Movies need to take at least 2-3 times their production budget at the box office before going into profit, to compensate for the slice theaters take and promotional/marketing costs.
However, if it hasn’t already, Bohemian Rhapsody is well on its way to making a great profit. Its approval rating with audiences will ensure it continues to do good business over coming weeks. The movie’s also set to open in 14 further territories this coming weekend.
The movie’s success will come as a huge relief to its producers, which include original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The troubled production has taken a good eight years to reach the screen, with a variety of different talent attached to the project. Sacha Baron Cohen was among those formerly pencilled in to play Mercury. However, he dropped out due to creative differences.
Bryan Singer (X Men) directed the movie, but 20th Century Fox dropped him just a couple of weeks before the end of principal shooting last year. British actor and director Dexter Fletcher completed the project.