The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is headed for a stellar $46 million opening weekend at the U.S. box-office following its debut in 4,000 North American locations.
While critics have been heavily divided on the film with a 59% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences were more pleased and awarded it an ‘A’ CinemaScore. The biopic stars Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury and earned $18.4 million Friday.
That fared far better than the disastrous opening for Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” which came in second with $18 million – not good for a film with an estimated production budget of $130 million. Reviews were savage with just 35% on Rotten Tomatoes.
While Disney has had big success with its Marvel and animated fare this year, the disappointment of both “A Wrinkle in Time” and this generic fairy tale story indicates audiences aren’t just going to show up for anything with the Disney label on it – the Mouse House will now likely stick more and more with animated films, live-action remakes of its animated films, Marvel superhero movies and “Star Wars” from now on.
Tyler Perry’s “Nobody’s Fool” is headed for a roughly $12 million opening and suffered even worse reviews than ‘Nutcracker’ with a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and an A- CinemaScore. Tiffany Haddish stars as a recently paroled woman who sets out to help her sister (Tika Sumpter) get revenge on a man who catfished her.
“A Star Is Born” and “Halloween” are battling for fourth with each likely to add another $10 million. Limited release this weekend sees “Boy Erased,” “A Private War” and the wider opening of “Suspiria” unfurling.