Audiences had just four words for the box office this weekend: Long live the Queen.
Bohemian Rhapsody, a melodious docudrama about the 1970s-80s rock band Queen and its frontman Freddy Mercury, performed a kind of magic thanks to its money-spending fans, rocking the box office for an estimated $50 million stateside. Add in its overseas take—$72.5 million this weekend alone—and you get the picture of a movie that wants it all. Add in the cash Rhapsody earned in the handful of countries it opened in last weekend, the Mercury biopic has already bicycled its way to a fat-bottomed line of $141.7 million. Killer Queen indeed.
While Rhapsody excelled under pressure, some others struggled to break free.
Disney’s trippy The Nutcracker and the Four Realms had a less-than-magical debut, tippy-toeing into second place with a $20 million take. That was a bit off its pre-weekend forecasts, which may force the Sugar Plum Fairy to use off-brand sweetener for any would-be sequels. Another newcomer, Nobody’s Fool, fooled $14 million worth of folks into seeing it. The R-rated Tyler Perry comedy finished third in its debut.
The box office might’ve been dominated by newbies, but holdover A Star Is Born continued to tell the rest, “Don’t stop me now.” The Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga Oscar hopeful earned another $11.1 million to finish fourth. Star has shot to $165.6 million domestically since its release. And while its run in the top five looks like it might be coming to a close, that run has been remarkable indeed. And really, who wants to live in the top five forever? (Well, every movie ever, but that’s beside the point.)
After spending two weeks at the top of the movie charts, Halloween slid all the way down to fifth with $11 million. The horror flick hasn’t bitten the box-office dust yet, but it’s just a matter of time.