The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” had a strong opening weekend at the box office, pulling in $50 million over the weekend in North America along with another $72 million internationally, Billboard reports.
“Notably, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ boasts the second-largest start of all time for a music biopic even when adjusted for inflation — only trailing behind N.W.A biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at $60.2 million,” Billboard reports.
“Straight Outta Compton” was released in August 2015. “Bohemian Rhapsody” stars Emmy winner Rami Malek from USA Network’s “Mr. Robot.”
Billboard adds: “‘Rhapsody’s’ astounding performance at the box office comes after a tumultuous period leading up to the film’s release, including criticism that the film erased Mercury’s queer identity, production that came to a screeching halt late last year and accusations of sexual assault and improper on-set conduct leveled against the film’s original director, Bryan Singer — who was replaced mid-production.”