How Much Did ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Make on Opening Weekend, and is it 1 of the Music Movies With the Biggest Opening Weekends?

Despite its troubled production and the fact that fans have a lot of problems with the movie, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody got a broad release in the United States on Nov. 2, 2018. It’s one of the fall films movie-goers are most excited about, but where does it rank among music movies with the biggest opening weekends?

The biggest opening weekends for music movies

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury in Bohemia Rhapsody. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Bohemian Rhapsody needs to make a ton of money to be among the highest grossing music movies ever, but it got off to a good start.

It hauled in $50 million during its opening weekend, almost making back its $52 million budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That $50 million total makes it No. 2 among the music movies with the biggest opening weekends.

10. The Soloist

Opening weekend box office: $9.7 million

9. Selena

Opening weekend box office: $11.6 million

8. Jersey Boys

Opening weekend box office: $13.3 million

7. Get on Up

Opening weekend box office: $13.5 million

6. I Can Only Imagine

Opening weekend box office: $17.1 million

5. Ray

Opening weekend box office: $20 million

4. Notorious

Opening weekend box office: $20.4 million

3. Walk the Line

Opening weekend box office: $22.3 million

2. All Eyez on Me

Opening weekend box office: $26.4 million

1. Straight Outta Compton

Opening weekend box office: $60.2 million

Bohemian Rhapsody’s troubled production

Brian May, Rami Malek, Roger Taylor, Bohemian Rhapsody

Brian May (from left), Rami Malek, and Roger Taylor were all part of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s troubled production. | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Things in Hollywood can move slowly, and that’s what happened with Bohemian Rhapsody. It took the better part of a decade to go from concept to finished product.

2010: Queen guitarist Brian May tells the BBC that Sacha Baron Cohen is playing singer Freddie Mercury in the movie.

2011: In an interview with the Daily Record, May says the rest of his bandmates are hesitant to make the movie.

2013: Cohen steps aside after some dreaded “creative differences.”

2015: Anthony McCarten replaces Oscar-winner Peter Morgan as the screenwriter.

2016: Rami Malek joins the cast to play Freddie Mercury.

2017: The production company fires Bryan Singer as director, but he’s still credited with the finished product.

What do the reviews say about Bohemian Rhapsody?

Spoiler alert! The Bohemian Rhapsody reviews are mixed.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, music movies

The film gets mixed reviews, but it’s among the music movies with the biggest opening weekends. | 20th Century Fox

Rolling Stone reviewer Peter Travers gushes about Malek’s performance, writing, “Screw the film’s flaws, you don’t want to miss his performance.”

The movie earns a so-so 60% fresh rating at review site Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewing for Slate, Jeffrey Bloomer writes that Bohemian Rhapsody is fun and infuriating all at once.

However, Roger Ebert’s website and The New York Times were less forgiving. It earned a 1-star review from Ebert reviewer Sheila O’Malley, while the Times writes that “the film seems engineered to be as unmemorable as possible.” Ouch.