Since I’ve been writing about Bohemian Rhapsody for over a year now, I felt that I at least owed it and Freddie, a single viewing to make sure my skepticism and side-eye were warranted. And so over the weekend I bought a ticket to A Star Is Born because it was starting at the same time and saw it (no way was I giving Bryan or Fox a dime of my marginally well earned money). Yet it seems I was the only one who did that, because the box office receipts are in and plenty of people threw their movie going dollars at BR over the weekend. According to Deadline, despite lukewarm reviews from critics, BH earned $13.4 million dollars on Sunday alone! That’s a lot of people attending the Church Of Mercury.
Bohemian Rhapsody had the best Sunday hold of any title in the top 10, off just 29% from Saturday with $13.4 million, sending the Freddie Mercury biopic’s opening to $51M, $1M higher than the studio was spotting yesterday. Even better, Bohemian Rhapsody bested the lowest end of its $35M tracking projection by 46%.
Deadline suggests it’s going to have “legs” as well, meaning people will be cuddled around the fireplace this Christmas watching BH with their children and they won’t have to explain what a coke dwarf is, because the movie is rated PG-13. It’s basically Elf with a better soundtrack.
Additionally, they think star Rami Malek is likely to get an Oscar nomination:
On Saturday night the film played to a standing ovation at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with the crowd promptly on their feet once Rami Malek came out onstage.
In my opinion, Rami’s performance and Freddie’s essence (albeit somewhat diluted), were the only thing good about the movie, so I guess I wouldn’t be mad if Rami got some roses thrown his way. He certainly put in the work. Here’s a side by side of Freddie and Rami in the movie’s final scene which is a shot for shot recreation of Queen’s Live Aid performance.
Note how the Live Aid camera people didn’t bother doing loving, lingering close-ups of the other members of Queen’s faces. Nor do they keep cutting to the same 12 extras wearing the blissed out looks of rapturing pentecostals in the the front row. Seriously you guys, they really skimped out on the CGI crowd in the movie. It looked like Freddie was performing for a indistinct sea of undulating thumbs.
Now that this movie is finally out in the world, Freddie is hereby released from this cursed object to embark on the pleasure cruise on his dreams.
Pic: 20th Century Fox