With $50 million debut, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is no poor boy

Posted at 12:49 PM, Nov 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-04 13:49:56-05

NEW YORK (AP) — The Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with an estimated $50 million in weekend ticket sales, well above expectations.

The 20th Century Fox release starring Rami Malek as the Queen frontman has been pegged for closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. But audiences were compelled to theaters by the allure of Malek's widely praised performance and by Queen's foot-stomping anthems.

Opening in a distant second place was Disney's lavish, big-budget "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms."

Despite a budget of $125 million, the film debuted with just $20 million. Disney's disappointment could be mitigated by the fact that it will soon own the studio that bested it, Fox.

The Tiffany Haddish comedy "Nobody's Fool" opened in third with $14 million.