‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ rocks box office, while ‘Nutcracker’ flops

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The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” took its bows and its curtain call, and emerged as the champion of the box office in its opening weekend.

The 20th Century Fox
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  film, starring Rami Malek as the iconic Queen frontman, earned an impressive $50 million domestically, the second-best-ever showing for a music biopic, behind 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton.” The movie added another $72 million overseas.

Despite a troubled production and middling reviews, “Bohemian Rhapsody” is already the biggest hit for Fox since “Deadpool 2” earlier this year.

Walt Disney Co.’s
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  holiday-themed fantasy “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” finished far back in second place, with a disappointing $20 million in its opening weekend. The family-friendly movie may be Disney’s biggest bust in more than two years, costing an estimated $125 million to make.

Tyler Perry’s R-rated comedy “Nobody’s Fool,” starring Tiffany Haddish, earned a meager $14 million for Viacom Inc.’s
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  Paramount, but that was good enough for third place. Holdovers “A Star Is Born” ($11.1 million), from AT&T’s
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  Warner Bros., and “Halloween” ($11 million), from Comcast Corp.’s
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  Universal, rounded out the top five.


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