Not only is the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” still playing in cineplexes across the US, it has outperformed all other music biopics, according to CinemaBlend.com. The movie’s toughest competitor was “Straight Outta Compton,” but it has surpassed the record set by that movie as well.
The movie’s performance is surprising. Most people who are familiar with the legend and impact of Queen, are probably not shocked that the movie has done so well. But “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” record-setting is an aspect of the film that few people had counted on. Now that it is out and doing well, the appeal of the movie in terms of music and people in general is obvious.
Previously, “Straight Outta Compton” was the record-holder for highest grossing movie about musicians. “Bohemian Rhapsody” has elements that make it larger than the musical genre it represents, just like “Straight Outta Compton.” The socio-cultural aspects of the movie are easily understood whether a viewer knew anything about the music or not. This accounts for the current popularity of the movie. How long “Bohemian Rhapsody” maintains this title is anyone’s guess. But it seems clear that the movie became an instant classic, and its box office performance will eventually be a side note to its meaning to audiences.
The appeal of “Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Bohemian Rhapsody” the movie draws audiences in with the music of Queen. The song from which the movie gets its title is a mash-up of rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. The success of it relies heavily on the use of stratospheric high notes and nonsense words. The verses attempt a narrative that is not exactly straightforward, but is fun to sing. The song surges with a feeling of victory (listeners are not sure of the battle; they do know an underdog is re-claiming himself in a way, and that is worth singing along with), and the big guitar and drums help to maintain that feeling.
The sense that there is an underdog worth cheering for is also the one that propels the movie’s momentum. It seems that in addition to the story of a beloved band, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is the story of overcoming and that is why it continues to draw in audiences.
The prediction is that the current roster of new releases could prove to be more difficult for the rock biopic to defeat. “The Return of Mary Poppins,” in particular could be a formidable opponent at the box office for “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Whatever happens at the box office, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is an unforgettable movie and time will tell how many people understand that it is more than a movie about a rock band.