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'Bohemian Rhapsody' is killing it at the box office

'Bohemian Rhapsody' is killing it at the box office

"While Singer directed the film, the script was written by Anthony McCarten with the approval from Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor".

The story about '70s-era British rock group Queen and its iconic front man, Freddie Mercury - played by Rami Malek - was projected to make closer to $35 million in the United States.

Even adjusting for inflation, Bohemian Rhapsody, now already the eighth biggest music biopic ever, would have to hit a sturdy drop off not to hit number one. "They were much more conventional". That's a nice result right out of the gate, as Bohemian Rhapsody had a budget of $52 million.

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Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't start at the beginning of Mercury's live, but instead covers a period of 15 years when Queen was on the rise and then its comeback and performance at Live Aid 1985. And it's this huge altering of history that has many up in arms about the accuracy of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Prior to Bohemian Rhapsody's release, the biggest ever music biopic movie was F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, about rap legends NWA, which made $201 million in all, in 2015. The film holds a 60% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and some reviews have been critical of the film's take on Mercury's life and sexuality. "It's insulting to see the lengths to which this film tries to capture the melodrama of Queen's music, and humiliating to see the lengths by which it fails". You could always tell there would be trouble with the rest of the band.

Bohemian Rhapsody, which stars Rami Malek as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, opened with a $50 million US debut, reports Box Office Mojo.