“Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of 2018’s biggest box-office hits, with the Queen biopic raking in a worldwide gross of more than $900 million.
But according to band guitarist Brian May, the members of Queen have yet to receive a paycheque from the film, despite such massive success.
Chatting with BBC Radio’s “The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show”, the 71-year-old rocker explains.
“I had to laugh, actually, the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie,” said May with a laugh. “If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it. Isn’t that funny? So how successful does a movie have to be before you make money?”
Which is not to say the band won’t be enjoying a hefty payday eventually. “There’s so many people, of course,” added May. “People don’t realize that will take pieces off the top.”
Besides, adds May, given how long it took “Bohemian Rhapsody” to get made in the first place, a little more waiting is no big deal.
“It was a long labour of love, 12 years in development,” May says of the long-in-the-works movie and its subsequent success. “We thought it would do well… we didn’t realize it would do that well. It’s incredible.”