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?