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Box Office: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY is the Champion!


Unlike last weekend, the top three spots in the top five were all claimed by newcomers. Lets dive in and see what happened at the box office this weekend.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the long awaited Queen biopic finally hit theatres. Early tracking had it opening to $30 million, but as the weekend unfolded it was clear that projection was off by a lot. Fueled by a revelatory performance by Mr Robot‘s Rami Malek, Rhapsody went on to make $50 million, despite critics giving at a barely fresh rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve heard it referred to a very “by the numbers” biopic, and that’s not wrong, but that also doesn’t mean it isn’t a great movie. My wife and I went opening night, and we both loved it. Audiences seem to agree with us, and gave it an A Cinemascore. Malek truly embodies Freddy Mercury’s stage presence, and will most likely win more than a few nominations come awards time.

Opening at number two is Disney’s first offering of the holiday season, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The re-imagining of the classic tale only eked out a$20 million opening. That’s not great for a film that was set up to be a tent pole. Hopefully Disney will have better luck with Mary Poppins Returns this Christmas.

Tyler Perry made a leap over to R-rated comedy with Nobody’s Fool, starring current “it” woman Tiffany Haddish. With the exception of this and For Colored Girls, Perry usually likes to keep things in the PG-13, family friendly comedy world. Maybe he should think about going back there, because Fool only opened to $14 million. Of course, with a budget of only $20 million, this will be another profitable film for Perry.

Finally falling from the number two spot, which its been at since it opened five weekends ago, A Star is Born had to settle for number four and $11.1 million. Its now at a domestic total of $165.6 million, and will most likely finish a little north of $200 million.

After holding the top spot for two weeks, Halloween dropped four places to number five, which is expected as the mass audience’s taste for horror movies generally drops off quickly after Halloween. This week Michael Myers managed to bring in another $11 million, bringing Halloween to an astounding $150.4 million domestically.

Next week will see the release of the The Grinch, The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story an the J.J. Abrams produced Overlord. Expect Bohemian Rhapsody to drop to number two and The Grinch to win the weekend.

Here’s the full top ten. As always, worldwide numbers include the domestic takes, so if you need to know what the international numbers are you’ll have to break out the calculator.

Rank Title Weekend Take Domestic Total Worldwide Total
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
$50,000,000 $50,000,000 $141,703,510
2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
$20,000,000 $20,000,000 $58,500,000
3. Nobody’s Fool
$14,000,000 $265,000 $14,265,000
4. A Star is Born
$11,100,000 $165,634,566 $293,934,566
5. Halloween $11,015,000 $150,408,705 $229,608,705
6. Venom
$7,850,000 $198,663,348 $541,563,348
7 Small Foot $3,805,000 $77,484,301 $192,684,301
8. Goosebumps 2: The Haunted Halloween $3,700,000 $43,832,316 $82,432,316
9. Hunter Killer $3,525,000 $12,965,116 N/A
10. The Hate U Give $3,400,000 $23,460,924 $25,571,004

Philip Sticco

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