Sunday, May 19, 2024

Queen for A Weekend: “Bohemian Rhapsody” Scores a Whopping $50 Million Despite Critics’ Bashing


They said it couldn’t be done.

Many critics wrote bitter reviews for a movie that didn’t meet their expectations. Or they were angry at the director for his personal infractions.

But the public didn’t care. And Galileo! Galileo! They came in droves. “Bohemian Rhapsody” made a whopping $50 million (at least by estimates, see tomorrow for real numbers). Again, that hard $50 seems like it might be a little bit of guess, and over-estimate.

Rami Malek deserves an Oscar nomination for playing Freddie Mercury. There should be nominations for set, costumes, and make up as well.

Amazon Studios had a shaky weekend, meanwhile. “Suspira” met with mixed results, as did “Beautiful Boy.” The latter should have some awards action, so that might help in the long run.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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