Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
“Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, has overtaken Bohemian Rhapsody to claim the title of the highest-earning biographical film in history.”
The 2018 biographical movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” centered around Queen and their iconic frontman Freddie Mercury, has relinquished its status as the most financially successful biographical film in history.
With an astounding global box office collection of $910.8 million (£710m), this groundbreaking film has now been dethroned by “Oppenheimer,” which has amassed a staggering $912.7 million (£712.4m) since its premiere in mid-July.
Under the direction of Christopher Nolan, “Oppenheimer” delves into the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer (portrayed by Christopher Nolan himself), an American theoretical physicist recognized as the “father of the atomic bomb” during World War II.
In early August, “Oppenheimer” achieved the distinction of becoming the highest-grossing World War II film ever, as its global box office earnings surpassed the impressive milestone of $550 million (£433.4 million).
A significant factor contributing to its monumental success was the “Barbieheimer” trend, an internet sensation that spawned numerous memes inspired by the simultaneous release of “Oppenheimer” and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” As part of this trend, moviegoers would book tickets to watch both films back-to-back.
Although “Bohemian Rhapsody” has now lost its top-ranking position, it enjoyed considerable acclaim during the awards season following its release. Rami Malek, who portrayed Freddie Mercury, received the Best Actor Oscar, and the film also secured three additional Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing in 2019.
Earlier this year, Brian May, the guitarist of Queen, disclosed that discussions had taken place with the creators of the 2018 film regarding the possibility of a sequel. He admitted that the prospect of creating a follow-up was “very tempting.” While May had previously dismissed the idea, in a more recent interview with the Daily Star, he mentioned, “We’ve been talking about it. I felt proud of it, and the people who portrayed us were absolutely phenomenal. It’s so tempting to consider a sequel – just to collaborate with those talented individuals again. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ concluded with Live Aid, and implicitly, it showed Freddie beginning to grapple with his AIDS. However, a lot transpired between the film’s conclusion and the end of Queen’s glory days.”