Queen: Champions at the box office

Movie-goers ignored the negative reviews as the Queen-Freddie Mercury bio-pic  Bohemian Rhapsody was the champion of the box office with a take of $50-million on its opening weekend.

It had a better first weekend than the much-touted A Star Is Born with Lady Gaga ($42-million), and it's the second best all-time opening weekend for a bio-pic behind 2015's Straight Outta Compton, the story of rap group N.W.A, which took in $60.2 million.

The film not only focused on the band's rise to success, culminating in their performance at Live Aid in 1985, but also examined the life of singer Freddie Mercury, whose legend lives on, 27 years after his death in 1991 from AIDS.

Brian May talked about why Freddie Mercury was so beloved and his legacy continues to live on:

"He was the real thing. With all his kind of insecurities and fears, but also his dreams and his passion and his power. He was very complex, but what you saw was a real person. You know, he was the most upfront about, 'Hi, I'm putting on a personality if you like,' bu there's a real honesty in that. But he did it in the public gaze. There was no like pretense, you know. It's like, 'I can do this, you can do this too.' I think that's why people loved him."

After working for years to make the film a reality, May says he now understands what "makes a movie."

Brian May on what he learned from the whole process of making 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'

"A movie is not a documentary. It's not a photograph. It's more like a painting I'd say. You know, like if you see a painting of The Battle of Waterloo you say, is that true? Well, it will be true in a certain way because it's the way that the artist saw it. And that's the way a film is I think. You know, you put together something which actually reaches for a truth which is much deeper than what you would see from a documentary. I think it does that."

This explains why May says the film is "not accurate, but correct."

The worldwide take for Bo Rhap, since it opened in other countries last month, is $141-million.

Bringing the movie full circle was a cameo by the band's current singer, Adam Lambert. It took place in the scene where Mercury is at a truck stop on Queen's first American tour and the man waiting to use the bathroom is Lambert.

The film's soundtrack is also doing well, as it debuts at number-22 on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 copies sold. 

 
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