Queen Made No Money Off Of “Bohemian Rhapsody” Movie Brian May Claims
The Oscar winning movie is said to have raked in over $900 million worldwide at the box office, with the U.K.’s annual Sunday Times Rich List reporting that May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon all increased their personal fortunes by over £20 million as a result.
Contrary to this story Brian May told the BBC, “It was a long labor of love — about 12 years in development, I guess. We thought it would do well in the end and we felt good about it, but we didn’t realize it would do that well. It’s incredible around the world – it’s like a billion-dollar movie.
He continued: “I had to laugh the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie. If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it. How successful does a movie have to be before you make money? There’s so many people that people don’t realize will take pieces off the top.”
Despite that, he said it was a “great” feeling to have Bohemian Rhapsody “out there.” “I think Freddie comes out it with his dignity, but without having been whitewashed in any way,” he added. “It’s very real… I think people are astounded how close to Freddie Rami [Malek] got. It’s phenomenal the way he got inside Freddie’s body somehow – inside his skin.”
So it’s not all bad for Queen, they’ll eventually get some money from the movie, but here’s hoping they strike a better deal if the rumoured sequel comes to fruition in a few years time.