They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash

Published on Apr 16, 2019

They Are the Champions: Why ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Is an Unlikely $900 Million Smash

Bohemian Rhapsody” (20th Century Fox – its final blockbuster) has passed $900 million in total gross worldwide. That makes it the sixth-biggest 2018 release overall — placing it ahead of recent hits like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Batman v. Superman,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” The film’s final push came from its current modest play in China.

It also is #4 among 2018 releases in foreign sales. At $685 million, it stands behind only “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” and “Aquaman” in popularity. That remarkable placement makes it the most surprising success of last year. Let’s look at some of the unusual aspects of its reception.

Foreign Made It a Massive Hit

“Bohemian Rhapsody” certainly was a domestic success, with a $216 million gross that makes it the 10th biggest film of 2018. It’s also the lowest North American number among the very top international hits. As of now, “Rhapsody” scored 76% of its take overseas.

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Author: Tom Brueggemann