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Bohemian Rhapsody sets all-time box-office record in the Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic – Bohemian Rhapsody has set the all-time box-office record and become the highest-grossing movie of all time in the Czech Republic, The Prague Reporter reported on Wednesday.

Bohemian Rhapsody biopic set box-office record in Czech Republic

The biopic about Queen front-man and lead singer Freddy Mercury, starring Rami Malek in the lead-role – you might be amused to know that Sacha Baron Cohen was originally cast to play Freddy Mercury – just surpassed the previous box-office records held by James Cameron’s Avatar and the unforgettable Titanic.

“Since opening nearly three months ago, the Queen biopic had led the Czech box-office for 11 of the last 13 weeks, being only briefly surpassed by Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Aquaman”, the Prague Reporter highlighted.

After last week-end’s movie entries, Bohemian Rhapsody completed a total Czech box-office of 213 million Czech crowns (around 9.5 million dollars), setting a new record of the highest tally of any film ever released in the Czech Republic.

With such a figure, Freddy Mercury’s biopic obliterates the second highest grossing film of 2018, Avengers: Infinity War, which grossed around 4.5 million dollars in the Czech Republic – and the 4th highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide.

To give you a more detailed idea of the box-office success of the movie, approximately 13% of the Czech total population – or 1.4 million people – has bought tickets to see Bohemian Rhapsody up until today.

Popular hit and mixed reviews

Worldwide, Bohemian Rhapsody is the 7th biggest box-office hit of 2018 and the 74th of all time, with a grand total of 817 million dollars grossed around the world since its release on November 2. in the United States – including over 200 million dollars in the U.S. alone.

But it became the highest-grossing music biopic of all time only one month after it was released in theaters, surpassing Straight Outta Compton (NWA), Walk the Line (Johnny Cash), I Can Only Imagine and Ray (Ray Charles).

Directed by Bryan Singer, Bohemian Rhapsody was met with mixed reactions among critics but nonetheless scored five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Rami Malek, better known for his role in Mr. Robot, as well as nominations for the Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Editing. The movie was also awarded the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture for Rami Malek, whose performance has been largely praised and acclaimed by critics and moviegoers alike.

Some critics have also expressed disappointment over the way the movie handles the complexities of Freddy Mercury’s personal life, most notably his homosexuality: “’Bohemian Rhapsody’ is bad in the way a lot of biopics are bad: it’s superficial, it avoids complexity, and the narrative has a connect-the-dots quality”, writes film critic Roger Ebert.

But “this kind of badness, while annoying, is relatively benign. However, the attitude towards Mercury’s sexual expression is the opposite of benign. The tensions of being a gay man in the 1970’s are not handled, or even addressed”, he argues.

If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time to make your own opinion about it.

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