When I was 14 years old, I grew a beard so that I could sneak into the R-rated Oliver Stone film, The Doors. Believe it or not, it actually worked, though my mother was not pleased with my experiments in facial hair, and the kids in high school thought I was protesting the Gulf War. I loved The Doors, though, and nothing was going to stop me from seeing their story on the big screen.
Luckily for younger Queen fans, Bohemian Rhapsody’s PG-13 rating will make it easy for anyone to go see the story of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. After more than a decade in development, Bohemian Rhapsody is finally on the big screen, bringing with it a clearly dynamic Rami Malek in the role of rock’s greatest frontman. The film, like so many rock bios, has been getting middling reviews, with Malek getting all the praise. Will he be enough to bring in a decent-sized audience? Combined with enduring music of Queen, I’m going to say yes. Look for a first place debut for Bohemian Rhapsody with $42 million.
Also new this weekend is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a new Disney interpretation of the classic ballet. As a family option, it should find a decent-sized audience. Look for a second place debut with $20 million.
As for the rest of the top five, Halloween (2018) will drop to third place with $16 million. Tiffany Hadish’s new film, Nobody’s Fool, will debut in fourth place right behind it with $15.5 million, while A Star Is Born will close things out in fifth place with $10 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) Bohemian Rhapsody – $42 million
2) The Nutcracker and Four Realms – $20 million
3) Halloween (2018) – $16 million
4) Nobody’s Fool – $15.5 million
5) A Star Is Born – $10 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!