NEW YORK | With $50 million debut, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is no poor boy

NEW YORK | With $50 million debut, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is no poor boy

NEW YORK — The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” shrugged off production troubles and mediocre reviews to debut with an estimated $50 million in weekend ticket sales, well above expectations.

The 20th Century Fox release starring Rami Malek as the Queen frontman has been pegged for closer to $35-40 million in its opening weekend. But audiences were compelled to theaters by the allure of Malek’s widely praised performance and by Queen’s foot-stomping anthems.

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