Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office Preview: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Set to Rock Cinemas

Magazine article Screen International

UK Box Office Preview: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Set to Rock Cinemas

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

20th Century Fox will have high hopes for Bohemian Rhapsody this weekend, its biopic of UK rock group Queen.

The film got underway with a strong £1.62m opening Wednesday night, and will be looking to considerably build on that total in the coming days.

The good news for Fox is that glossy, music-themed films have been performing particularly well at the UK box office this year. The Greatest Showman grossed north of £50m, while Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has taken £65.5m so far to make it the 14th highest-grossing film in UK history.

Both films also showed impressive legs throughout their runs. The Greatest Showman played a remarkable 16 weeks in UK cinemas and, boosted by sing-a-long screenings, posted five upticks throughout that run (an unusual weekend when the film takes more than in the previous weekend).

A further music-themed film to have held notably well is A Star Is Born, which fell just 6% from its first to third weekends.

Looking more specifically at band biopics, NWA biopic Straight Out Of Compton grossed £8.2m in the UK in 2015, Johnny Cash movie Walk The Line did £10.4m in 2006, and Joy Division film Control took £1.2m 2007.

However, none of those listed examples have the enduring popularity enjoyed by Queen in this country.

Also on release for Fox this weekend is George Tillman Jr. …

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