Elton John’s biopic Rocketman was supposed to be the next Bohemian Rhapsody, but it took a dive at the box office falling below expectations. In a ten day period – Rocketman only brought it $47.5 million whereas Bohemian Rhapsody clocked over $100 million with half the promotion. Rocketman received better reviews and Elton John was even bigger than Freddie Mercury. So what happened with Rocketman?
Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody are vastly different in how they portray the iconic frontman. Bohemian Rhapsody focused on Freddie Mercurys life as an artist and his talent. Rocketman explores Elton John’s sexuality and his drug issues painting him as a sex-crazed junkie. The members of Queen were deeply involved in the making of Bohemian Rhapsody and made sure that Freddie Mercury was defined by his talent and showmanship and nothing else.
As of now Rocketman has generated $72 million while Bohemian Rhapsody has pulled in $900+ million worldwide