It wouldn’t be surprising to hear choruses of “We Are the Champions” echoing through the halls of 20th Century Fox thanks to the bodacious box office of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, with the Queen biopic skyrocketing beyond expectations for a $50-million opening weekend.
Far exceeding estimates of a domestic opening in the $35M-$40M range, the film about the iconic British rock band charted the second-biggest domestic opening ever for a music biopic, topped only by “Straight Outta Compton”, which opened to $60.2 million back in 2015.
The film’s international performance was equally impressive, with an overseas box office of $72.5 million, for a total of $122.5 million in its first two days of release. When the dust settles, tracking indicates the Rami Malek-starring biopic will bring in a worldwide total of $141.7 million in its opening weekend.
The news was not nearly so good for Disney’s big-budget “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”, which didn’t come close to estimates by bringing in just $20 million domestically to land in a distant second place in its opening weekend. Overseas, “The Nutcracker” brought in $38.5 million for a worldwide total of $58.5 million.
“We were obviously looking for a stronger start,” Disney distribution chief Cathleen Taff tells The Hollywod Reporter. “‘The Nutcracker’ is a holiday tradition for many, and we’ll see how the film plays out the next several weeks.”
Landing in third place is the Tiffany Haddish-Whoopi Goldberg comedy “Nobody’s Fool”, which delivered a domestic opening of $13.7 million.
“A Star is Born” came in at fourth place, still demonstrating box-office strength in its fifth week of release to bring in an additional $11.1 million, for a five-week domestic total of $165.6 million.
The Jamie Lee Curtis-starring “Halloween” delivered $11 million in its third weekend to land in fifth place, with a domestic total to date of $150.4 million.