MU­SIC TO MY EARS

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It’s the lit­tle movie that could: Bo­hemian Rhap­sody has be­come the high­est­gross­ing mu­sic biopic ever.

It’s quite amaz­ing when you con­sider the com­pe­ti­tion: award-win­ning movies like Ray and Walk the Line. It’s even more amaz­ing when you re­mem­ber how tur­bu­lent nearly ev­ery­thing con­cern­ing Bo­hemian Rhap­sody was since day one. From the very be­gin­ning, the press was against the pro­ject. Cast mem­bers came and went. Even the di­rec­tor dis­ap­peared to­wards the end of film­ing.

The film hasn’t had much more of an easy ride since re­lease, es­pe­cially not from film jour­nal­ists who sneered at the film.

De­spite ev­ery­thing, the film has grown and grown and has just passed the ma­jor box of­fice mile­stone of $500 mil­lion (ac­tu­ally $540m now).

That’s money that Ray ($125m) and Walk the Line ($186.5m) could only dream of. The clos­est biopic to it is 2015’s Straight Outta Comp­ton, which made $202m.

Even The Greatest Show­man, has “only” made $435 mil­lion world­wide. As a long­time mu­si­cal fan, it’s grat­i­fy­ing that two of the last year’s most sur­pris­ingly suc­cess­ful films are mu­si­cals.

with Mike Shaw MY MOVIE WEEK

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