A biopic about rock n’ roller Freddie Mercury and his band Queen dominated the box office on opening weekend, bringing in about $50M. It was a good haul for the Rami Malek-headliner, which got mixed reviews, especially as it was up against Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
The live-action rendering of the classic tale about a young girl is transported to a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice from the House of Mouse nabbed about $20 million, putting it in second place.
The forecast for Nutcracker isn’t great; the film was reportedly made for $100M+, and the reviews are generally pretty negative. Observers say the strong cast (including Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley) may carry it.
Nobody’s Fool from Paramount Pictures landed in third place with $14 million.