Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has become the highest grossing queer movie ever made.
The Bryan Singer-directed biopic has made over $400 million worldwide.
Box office watchers expect the film to make over half a billion dollars by the time the film leaves cinemas.
Bohemian Rhapsody makes box office history
In the US, the film took around $165 million. This may change if Rami Malek, who stars as Freddie Mercury, ends up with an Oscar nomination or a Golden Globe nod.
Expect the domestic numbers to rise by at least $15 million if he does.
The film received generally positive but somewhat mixed reviews from the critics. Most have praised actor 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. Others disagreed with the portrayal of Mercury’s sexuality.
Bohemian Rhapsody’s overseas total is $256 million and its global comes to $384.3 after last weekend.
This makes it the biggest LGBTI movie ever, ahead of The Birdcage which earned $185 million in 1996.
It is also the second-biggest musical biopic ever behind Straight Outta Compton.
How it made a massive profit
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.
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.
But not everyone is seeing the finished film.
Malaysia has censored the LGBTI scenes in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Censors have removed 24 minutes from the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic.
Under Malaysia’s strict anti-homosexuality laws, LGBTI characters can only be shown on screen if they repent or die.