‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocks the box office

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

The film made over $141 million globally, which is almost three times its production budget of $52 million.

Though Mr Robot star Rami Malek's performance as Freddie Mercury has been applauded, most have deemed it a run-of-the-mill biopic, and something of a missed opportunity to explore the Queen's frontman's legendary hellraising.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" now holds the record for second-biggest domestic opening ever for a music biopic.

The music biopic starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury made around $50 million over the November 2-4 weekend in the USA and Canada, according to Entertainment Weekly. Even better, Bohemian Rhapsody bested the lowest end of its $35M tracking projection by 46%.

In IndieWire's own review, writer David Ehrlich said, "It's inexplicably perverse that the movie retcons Mercury's HIV diagnosis as the band's motivation for Live Aid".

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Yet, a strong performance from Malek, which is producing some Oscar buzz, and the rocking soundtrack of Queen's greatest hits were enough of a draw.

Meanwhile, the true story is quite different: Other members of Queen went solo before Mercury did, the band toured together for the year leading up to Live Aid to support their album The Works, and Mercury's illness is not what brought the band back together.

The film's appeal is reminiscent of "Straight Outta Compton", a music based biopic film about the creation of the groundbreaking rap group N.W.A.

The film's worldwide performance was equally impressive, with an overseas box office of $72.5 million, for a total of $122.5 million in its first two days of release.

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