Bohemian Rhapsody is predicted to pass the $800 million mark at the box office by Monday or Tuesday of this week. The film is the fifth top-grossing movie for 20th Century Fox despite receiving mixed reviews. This comes as an unexpected feat due to it being a drama. This type of box office success is usually seen with franchise films.
The film made more internationally, earning $596 million compared to $201 million in North America. It also passed Straight Out of Compton, which previously held the record for the highest grossing music biopic at $201 million.
The success of the film may be owed to how Rami Malek, who played Freddie Mercury in the film, prepared for the role. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Malek describes the process that went into becoming Freddie Mercury. It took him almost a year to get ready for shooting, which included taking singing and piano lessons. He also wanted to capture the way Mercury moved, which was something he described as unchoreographed. “Everytime he steps out onto a stage, no one knows what he’s going to do, and that’s what I knew I needed to tether myself to.”
It is possible that the movie may surpass $830 million in the box office if it receives an Oscar nomination.