Despite poor reviews, the Freddie Mercury biopic delivered over $50 million in its first weekend.
Poor critics' reviews couldn't stop the box office success of Bohemian Rhapsody (#1), a long-awaited biopic of Freddie Mercury and Queen from director Bryan Singer (and Dexter Fletcher, though he is not receiving credit despite having finished filming after Singer's failure to cooperate with the filming schedule and his sexual harassment allegations). The film earned $50 million in its first weekend, making it the second-best debut for a biopic after 2015's Straight Outta Compton. The strong debut gives the film a much-needed commercial boost that could help shape its awards potential. Star Rami Malek is considered a strong contender for Best Actor.
Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (#2) opened with $20 million, enough for second place. The movie cost over $125 million to make. Even with coming in second place, the movie's failure to launch marks it as a major loss for Disney, especially in the midst of the end-of-year season.
The only other major release of the weekend was Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool (#3), starring Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg. The film marked Perry's first R-rated comedy and earned just over $13 million.
As for holdovers, A Star is Born (#4) is continuing to shine, crossing the $165 million mark this weekend. Halloween (#5) also faired well, even with the spooky season over, bringing in another $11 million, crossing the $150 million mark.
Leaving the Top Ten this week are Damien Chazelle's critically praised First Man (#11). The film didn't connect as much as was expected, but it's still considered an awards season frontrunner. Also leaving are comedy Night School (#12) and indie Mid90s (#14).
This coming weekend, The Grinch is bound to be a holiday season hit, The Girl in the Spider's Web will probably be the next major studio dud, Overlord will plan on winning the leftover Halloween crowd, and The Front Runner will hope to continue in the awards season race (even if its star, Hugh Jackman, may have shot himself in the foot with his comments on his friendship with the Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner).
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1. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - $50 million
2. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS - $20 million
3. NOBODY'S FOOL - $14 million
4. A STAR IS BORN - $11.1 million
5. HALLOWEEN - $11 million
6. VENOM - $7.85 million
7. SMALLFOOT - $3.8 million
8. GOOSEBUMPS 2: HAUNTED HALLOWEEN - $3.7 million
9. HUNTER KILLER - $3.525 million
10. THE HATE U GIVE - $3.4 million
All box office numbers provided by BoxOfficeMojo.com.