Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody principles the box office with $50 million debut

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Bohemian Rhapsody is proving to be box office dynamite (with a laser beam?).

Twentieth Century Fox’s foot-stomping biopic about the influential British rock band Queen is on scheme to sell an estimated $50 million in tickets at 4,000 theaters within the U.S. and Canada this weekend, far exceeding expectations and without relate dethroning Halloween as the No. 1 film in North The United States. Starring Rami Malek (Mr. Robotic) as Queen’s charismatic frontman, Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody will notch the 2d most attention-grabbing opening for a tune biopic ever, within the assist of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton ($60.2 million).

Heading into the weekend, the film had been projected to debut within the $35 million to $Forty million vary. It mark about $52 million to create. In every other country, it will most likely maybe well maybe add about $seventy two.5 million in tag sales this weekend.

Tracing Queen’s upward thrust to stardom, inside of conflicts, and reconciliation sooner than a legendary Live Abet efficiency in 1985, Bohemian Rhapsody has had a long and winding course to the camouflage. For years, Sacha Baron Cohen had been connected to play Mercury, nonetheless he left the mission in 2013 over ingenious variations. Later, director Bryan Singer modified into once fired partway by filming after a long absence that ended in a production shutdown, and Dexter Fletcher modified into once brought in to discontinue the movie. (Singer is the one real real credited director.)

Setbacks however, Bohemian Rhapsody is off to a solid originate, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. Movie critics were much less impressed, though many private praised Malek’s efficiency.

Arriving with much less fanfare this weekend are Disney’s are residing-motion fantasy The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in 2d put aside with about $20 million, and Paramount’s comedy No person’s Fool, in third put aside with about $14 million. Both movies are coming in toward the low discontinue of industry projections.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston, Nutcracker and the Four Realms is a colossal-budget retelling of the loved memoir a couple of young girl (Mackenzie Foy) who receives a precious Christmas present that leads her on a hump to a fantastical unusual world. Critics were unimpressed by the movie, while audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

No person’s Fool, within the period in-between, is the first R-rated comedy from Tyler Perry and stars Tiffany Haddish as an ex-con who helps her sister (Tika Sumpter) tackle a skill catfishing anxiousness. Reviews were also wretched, though the film got an A-minus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the tip five this weekend are Warner Bros’. tune-pushed romance A Celebrity Is Born, with about $eleven.1 million, and Standard’s slasher reboot/sequel Halloween, with about $eleven million.

In restricted liberate, Point of curiosity Aspects’ elated-conversion drama Boy Erased is debuting in five theaters with an estimated $220,000 (a solid per-camouflage moderate of $Forty 4,000), and Aviron’s A Inner most War, about slain struggle correspondent Marie Colvin, is opening in 4 theaters with an estimated $seventy two,000 (a per-camouflage moderate of $18,000).

Overall box office is up 10.7 percent year-to-date, in accordance to Comscore. Peep the Nov. 2-4 figures below.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody — $50 million


2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — $20 million


three. No person’s Fool — $14 million


4. A Celebrity Is Born — $eleven.1 million


5. Halloween — $eleven million


6. Venom — $7.9 million


7. Smallfoot — $three.eight million


eight. Goosebumps 2: Halloween — $three.7 million


9. Hunter Killer — $three.5 million


10. The Abhor U Give — $three.4 million

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