Bohemian Rhapsody film will top box office despite bad reviews

Queen 03/11/2018

The long-awaited 'Bohemian Rhapsody' film about Queen was released this week and is expected to be a huge success at the box office.

It's been projected by experts to gross about $35-40 million USD over this weekend, despite critic reviews being less than favourable. 

According to Deadline, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has bested rival movie musicals 'A Star Is Born' and 'Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again' in terms of advance ticket sales. 'A Star Is Born' opened with a $42.9 million USD weekend, expected to gross $200 million, while 'Mamma Mia 2' started with $34.9 million USD, and raked in $120.6 million total.

The public is naturally very interested in the film, especially how Rami Malek will portray Freddie Mercury on screen. 

'Bohemian Rhapsody' hasn't received good advance reviews from critics so far, currently showing a 56% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times' A.O. Scott slammed the movie in his review, saying it was a "Lego palace of cliches" that "conveys only a superficial, suspect sense of what [Queen] was."

Bad reviews don't necessarily mean as much as they used to though, with the public seeming to have different views than critics. According to Paul Dergarabedian of comScore: “For a while, critics and audiences have been on the same page, but with Venom [movie] and possibly now with Bohemian Rhapsody, we may be seeing regular moviegoers reaching a different consensus than the reviews. It’s the critics’ job to look closer at things like the script’s historical accuracy, but we’ve seen time and time again that accuracy isn’t really a deal-breaker for moviegoers. If the film delivers the excitement of going to a Queen concert, it’s going to do well."