NEW YORK – The biography Freddie Mercury "Bohemian Rhapsody" and 20th Century Fox are – at least for now – world champions.
"Bohemian Rhapsody", with Rami Malek as the frontman of the Queen, fooled production troubles and mediocre reviews to make a $ 50 million debut in the sale of weekend tickets in the US and Canada, and $ 72.5 million worldwide, according to the studio's estimates on Sunday . It was much above expectations, which resulted in the film approaching 35-40 million dollars during the opening weekend.
But the audience rushed to theaters to see Malka's widely acclaimed performance, "Mr." The Robot Star "and hear the queen's noisy songs, such as" We are the Champions "," Another One Bites the Dust "and the operatic title song. which Bryan Singer directed before he was replaced by Dexter Fletcher, is sometimes almost a concert character, including a long-lasting re-enactment of the band's live performance in 1985.
"It's really the Queen's celebration and their music, and I think we've done a really good job of letting people know that this is it," said Chris Aronson, Fox's distribution chief.
By splashing up to number one, the Fox edition conquered one of Disney, who will soon be the owner of the studio. Despite the budget for production of 125 million dollars, the sumptuous, large budget Walt Disney Co. "The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms" opened with just 20 million dollars. Disney plans to connect with Fox in the coming months, effectively ending 103-year-old Fox, one of the six major Hollywood studios.
"We were hoping for a more powerful start, but we think it is a movie that people will find when we set off on holiday," said Cathleen Taff, head of Disney's cinema distribution.
Although Hollywood's record of success is Hollywood's envy, "The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms" marks the third misunderstanding in the studio this year, after the unsuccessful effects of "Wrinkles in Time" and "Solo." Filled with CGI studio E.T.A. Hoffmann's story was placed at the beginning of the holiday season, but it hit the critics (34 percent of "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes) and caused only modest interest in the audience. It won 38.5 million dollars abroad.
"Czech Rhapsody", earned for 52 million dollars, was largely rejected by critics as a conventional rock biography (60 percent "fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes). But the film proved to be more popular among moviegoers who released the PG-13 version, produced by Graham King, A CinemaScore and 4 1/2 stars out of five in the Comtrore & # 39; s PostTrak survey.
"Even in the negativity that came out of criticism, there was always" but ", almost universally:" But Rami is great, "said Aronson." I am very happy with Graham, Rami and the whole film crew. And I'm happy with the home team. It is a big victory for Fox. "
Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, praised the launch of Fox as "pitch perfect". Dergarabedian also mentioned Malka's breakthrough show and constant interest in music at the box office. Musical films have recently become significant events in theaters, from Fox "The Greatest Showman" earlier in the year to Warner Bros. "Favorite star of the Oscar" A Star Is Born ", which raised another 11.1 million dollars on the fifth weekend for 16.6 million dollars.
"It seems that viewers do not have enough movies that have music burned in their DNA," Dergarabedian said. "It's a very successful formula."
Another winning formula – Tiffany Haddish plus something – appeared on the weekend.
"No one is a fool," who combined Haddish with another actor-actor directed by the scriptwriter and director, Tyler Perry, opened in third place with as much as 14 million dollars. Although this is not catastrophic for a movie that cost $ 19 million, the silent performance of "Fool Nobody" seemed to be probably the result of saturation. Two films from Haddish – "Night School" and "The Oath" – have opened in the last six weeks, and "Night School" is still number 12 at the box office.
In a limited edition, Joel Edgerton's award-winning drama "Boy Erased", starring Lucas & # 39; and Hedges, opened with a high-cost theater of $ 44,000 in five theaters.
In "The Private War" by Matthew Heineman of Rosamund Pike in the role of war correspondent Maria Colvin, she opened up in four theaters with an average for theatrical sum of 18 000 $.
Estimated ticket sales on Friday and Sunday in the American and Canadian theaters according to comScore. Where possible, the most recent international numbers from Friday to Sunday are also included. The final national data will be published on Monday.
1. "Bohemian Rhapsody", 50 million dollars (72.5 million international dollars).
2. "Nutcracker and four kingdoms", 20 million dollars (38.5 million international dollars).
3. "Nobody is a fool", 14 million dollars (265 000 international dollars).
4. "Star was born", 11.1 million dollars (13.9 million international dollars).
5. "Halloween", 11 million dollars (18.3 million international dollars).
6. "Venom", USD 7.9 million (USD 15.6 million on the international scale).
7. "Smallfoot", 3.8 million USD (12.1 million USD on an international scale).
8. "Goose skin 2", 3.7 million dollars (9 million international dollars).
9. "Hunter Killer", 3.5 million dollars (3.3 million international dollars).
10. "The Hate U Give", 3.4 million dollars.
Estimated ticket sales from Friday to Sunday at international theaters (excluding USA and Canada), according to comScore:
1. "Czech Rhapsody", 72.5 million dollars.
2. "Nutcracker and four kingdoms", 38.5 million dollars.
3. "Halloween", 18.3 million dollars.
4. "Venom", 15.6 million dollars.
5. "Star was born", 13.9 million dollars
6. The "low rate", 12.1 million dollars.
7. "Intimate Strangers", 10.1 million dollars.
8. "Goose skin 2", 9 million dollars.
9. "Le Grand Bain", 7.4 million dollars.
10. "A house with a clock in its walls", 7.2 million dollars.
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