Weekend box office: Bohemian Rhapsody shines while Nutcracker takes the second spot

For a lot of us that grew up in the 1990’s, our first experience with Queen was in the movie WAYNE’S WORLD as Wayne and Garth were singing along to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in their car.  That might seem small, but that scene was enough to throw the song back on the charts and sell millions of old Queen albums.  So it’s no surprise that a biopic about the band, featuring all of their greatest hits, would do well at the weekend box office, to the tune of$50 million.  Queen was an electric band and for those that don’t know much about them, going to a movie about them is a no lose situation; even if the movie isn’t great, at least you’ll have plenty of great music.  The other big movie of the weekend is Disney’s THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS, which opened with about $20 million.  That’s not a great haul for a Disney family film, proving that the studio might not be as invincible as once thought.  Then there was NOBODY’S FOOL, which did a respectable $14 million.

Next week should belong to THE GRINCH.  Although almost everyone has seen the story before, it’s still a beloved Christmas story and one I’m sure will draw a crowd at the weekend box office.  We also get the sequel, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB, featuring Claire Foy in the role of Lisbeth Salander.  I know Spider’s Web has gotten decent reviews, but in terms of box office performance, I can’t imagine it doing any damage.  The original featured Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, not to mention it was directed by David Fincher, and it could barely muster a $12 million opening. We also get the Hugh Jackman starring THE FRONTRUNNER, which looks interesting, but is more focused on the Awards crowd.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Bohemian Rhapsody $48.9m

2. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $20.2m

3. Nobody’s Fool $13.8m

4. Halloween $11.1m

5. A Star Is Born $10.7m

6. Venom $7.5m

7. Hunter Killer $4.1

8. Goosebumps 2 $3.6m

9. The Hate U give $3.5m

10. Smallfoot $3.1m


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