Bohemian Rhapsody Rocks The Box Office
Bohemian Rhapsody took centre stage at the box office over the weekend making an estimated $50 million for its US debut. Starring Rami Malek as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody cast its spell over the rest of the world with more than $64 million added to its impressive early launch in the UK last weekend.
For perspective, the recently released and musically themed A Star Is Born opened to $44 million and has shown remarkable legs at the box office. Five weeks on and it's still playing to packed screenings. The Autumn seems to be the go to spot for musicals to thrive as last year The Greatest Showman slowly emerged as a bonafide blockbuster. Only time will tell if Bohemian Rhapsody can enjoy the same success, but with more than $140 million taken in a week, it's already well on the way to blockbuster status.
Elsewhere in the US top ten, Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms came in on the low side of expectations with an estimated $20 million. Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool came in third place with $14 million. Girls Trip and Night School star Tiffany Haddish leads the romantic comedy that also stars Whoopi Goldberg and Amber Riley. After two weeks at the top, Halloween dropped to fifth place adding another $11 million to its incredible run. Taking a monstrous $150 million in the US for a global total of more than $230 million. Not only is the new Halloween the highest grossing slasher movie of all time, but it has also made more than the last four Halloween films combined.
Considering the wealth of negativity aimed in its direction (some of it completely valid), Sony's Venom crossed the $500 million worldwide mark last week. Currently standing at a respectable $540 million, Venom finally arrives in China next weekend. Warner Bros' animated comedy Smallfoot climbed one place to seventh for a running total of $77 million. Featuring the voices of Channing Tatum, James Corden, and Danny Devito, Smallfoot has pulled in more than $115 million internationally.
Finally, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween didn't manage to take advantage of the spooky season dropping four spots for eighth place. After four weeks, Goosebumps 2 has only scared up $43 million from US audiences, and a just as underwhelming $38 million from the rest of the world. The first movie wasn't a runaway success, but it did a modest $150 million worth of business. Three years on and the sequel has accumulated just over half over what its predecessor made. Short of a sudden rush, this could well be the end of the Goosebumps movie franchise, until it gets rebooted of course.