Rocketing through the turnstiles

Hoping to ride on the coattails of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ the Elton John musical/biopic, ‘Rocketman,’ had a strong opening weekend, earning an estimated $25 million in the U.S., good enough for a third-place finish at the box office.

According to Variety, the movie finished behind ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters,’ which took in $49 million, and second-place ‘Aladdin’ with $42.3 million. ‘Rocketman’ was due to face stiff competition, but when taking into account international figures, it has already exceeded its budget of $40 million.

The box-office numbers for ‘Rocketman’ didn’t come close to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The 2018 Queen / Freddy Mercury biopic took home $50 million in its opening weekend, en route to massive worldwide success. One of the factors working against ‘Rocketman’ achieving big numbers is its R-rating.

Kyle Davies of Paramount told Variety, “It’ the summer and it’s an R-rated movie for adults. In the summer, you need to be this event franchise that everyone knows about, and if you’re not that, you better be good and original, and I think that’s what ‘Rocketman’ is.”

Rocketman’ plays more like a Broadway musical than the typical biopic musical. It gives a fantastical account of John’s life, from his small-town childhood to his rise as one of music’s biggest icons. The film stars Taron Egerton in the title.


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