‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is Already the Second-Most Successful Music Biopic of All Time, Per Box Office Totals

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is Already the Second-Most Successful Music Biopic of All Time, Per Box Office Totals

The new Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is smashing expectations, and now after its third week in theaters, it’s reached a huge milestone.

After finishing third in box office sales this past weekend with $15 million, the film leapfrogged 2005’s Walk the Line to become the second-most successful music biopic ever made, trailing only 2015’s Straight Outta Compton for the top spot.

That’s truly remarkable, if you think about it. The film received mostly positive results, but there was still some sentiment that the movie didn’t do full justice to the story of Mercury and the phenomenally successful band … and that it even exists is a bit of a surprise in its own, considering early-production issues nearly derailed the project altogether.

Rock Cellar’s Ed Rampell, for what it’s worth, was totally blown away by the film and especially Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury, which Rampell says is an Oscar-caliber performance in what is arguably the greatest biopic about a rock icon ever made. His bravura performance is a wonderful testament to the living legacy of Freddie, as is the Mercury Phoenix Trust (www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com) that May, Taylor and their manager Jim Beach (played by Tom Hollander) established. This philanthropy claims to have “given away 15 million dollars in [Freddie’s] name and funded over 700 projects in the global battle against AIDS… in 57 countries.” The Mercury Phoenix Trust is in the movie’s end credits, and both the foundation and film are perfect ways to remember the unforgettable Freddie Mercury.

Then again, strip away all the other issues and conversations and critiques — is it really a surprise a movie about one of the biggest bands in the world is on its way to becoming one of the biggest rock and roll biopics of all time?

2 Responses to "‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is Already the Second-Most Successful Music Biopic of All Time, Per Box Office Totals"

  1. Victoria Cox   November 19, 2018 at 10:49 am

    It will go number 1, Rami is absolutely fantastic, the writing of this is everything it should be. FREDDIE, was and is a genius. The writing was exquisitely done, and I will buy the DVD. I already bought the cd.

  2. Jake Gerber   November 19, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Saw the film. I think it’s a matter of how much you really know about Queen. The PG 13 rating gave the film a goose, but derailed the dark side towards the end of Freddie’s life, and the songs were truncated , which really bothered me. Had this been rated differently, I believe they could have made an entertaining three hour film, and people would not feel it was too long. It seemed to me to lack any real grit . It would have been nice if the producers mixed archival footage of the group in with the biop. It seemed to me that the film didn’t lock into any particular issue long enough. There is a great piece on YouTube with Brian, and Roger revisiting Penrhos Court where the group rehearsed for close on a month, just for this one song, watch it ! Marc Martel nails Freddie’s vocals , and apparently they mixed the vocals in with Freddie’s. I’m not faulting the cast. I often question why they don’t use actual musicians or singers in these types of films . They can use prosthetics to change the physical appearance, and God knows there are enough credible musicians that could have pulled this off . The man playing Brian had the physical appearance to Brian, but he clearly was not playing. The man playing Roger looked nothing like him, but he appeared to be the closest thing to a musician in the film. I knew going in it had to have a diluted script , there is no way the real Queen would have had a PG 13 rating. With all that said, I just know too much about the subject matter to be objective enough to take the film on its own terms . Then again, I would have to say it was entertaining, and for the hoi polloi that’s what it was made for . I would recommend the film if for nothing else to give people a glimpse into a group they knew little or nothing about , it will give you a very good idea of how great this band truly was during this period in the mid seventies .


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