The multi-generational appeal of Queen is drawing them out the upcoming biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” with exhibitors reportedly ringing up Fox for extra screens to the point that it’s now looking to debut in around 4,000 theaters.
Conservative expectations are that “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens to $35 million, but many industry sources are suggesting it will push past $40 million. This month’s “A Star Is Born” was tracking at $30 million and ultimately opened to $44.2 million (with previews), musicals are older-skewing and so harder to guess the box-office take for.
One source already suggesting it is Fandango who say ‘Bohemian’ is their highest advance-ticket seller of the year for a movie musical. One difference with ‘Star’ is reviews – Bradley Cooper’s film is one of the better reviewed of the year, while Bryan Singer’s Queen film is hitting very mixed reviews with a 53% scored on Rotten Tomatoes. Said reviews praise Rami Malek’s performance and the Live Aid finale, but pan the rest.