Fans around the world joined the chorus for Bohemian Rhapsody, taking the top spot on the worldwide chart with $122.5 million and an early total of $141.7 million. US receipts were good for a scintillating $50 million, beating industry expectations and setting Rhapsody up as an unlikely early holiday season star. Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek leads the film in his role as Farrokh Bulsara, a man better known to his legions of fans around the globe as Freddie Mercury. The film largely focuses on Queen’s legendary front man, charting his struggles as a slightly disfigured immigrant who wanted to be a rocker, a gay man who wanted to be an idol, and finally as an AIDS victim in the early and deadliest years of the disease who above all else wanted to live. Plenty of screen time is also devoted portraying the story of the band as a whole. John Deacon and Roger Taylor, two of the group’s three surviving members, as well as their longtime manager Jim Beach, served as producers on the film.
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