Clocking in at over two hours, a “troubled” production, a director under a #MeToo cloud, a movie that managed mixed reviews, “Bohemian Rhapsody” was still supposed to pull in $38-40 million on its opening weekend.
Because, well, who doesn’t love Queen? God save them and all that.
But Fox took this brand to the house playing to the film’s crowd pleasing strengths. A $50 million weekend, so sayeth the bean counters. It’s official.
Well, take that with a grain of salt, as that nice round figure it mimicked by the safe $20 million the very pricey “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” is estimated to have earned (by midnight Sunday, so it’s a guess), and $14 million for Tyler Perry’s Tiffany Haddish flop, “Nobody’s Fool.”
Amazon’s supposed Oscar contender “Beautiful Boy” more than doubled its screens and still didn’t crack the top ten.
Similarly, Amazon’s “Suspira” opened in slightly more limited release and failed to register with audiences. Check out the per screen numbers. They couldn’t market merlot to a wino, as I like to say.
“Mid90s” and “First Man” and “Night School” fell out of the top ten.
“Boy Erased” did stunning per-screen numbers in extremely limited release. Look for that Oscar contender in much of the country Nov. 9 and 16.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me” opened much wider, had decent per screen numbers but still seems destined to not attract widespread attention, despite its darkly funny turns by Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. If that one hits 800 screens, it should do well.