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Queen biopic surpasses $900m at box office

Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody – already the highest-grossing music biopic of all-time – surpassed $900m (£686m) in worldwide ticket sales on Sunday.

The Oscar-winning film has now made $830m (£633m) internationally and $71m (£55m) from domestic UK audiences.

Its latest surge follows unexpected levels of popularity among Japanese audiences – grossing $144m (£110m).

The film cost distributor Fox a relatively meagre $50m (£30m) to make.

Bohemian Rhapsody charts the rise of Queen and the life of its lead singer Freddie Mercury – played by Rami Malek – through the band’s music.

Screen International’s box office expert Charles Gant told BBC News the film’s takings since its initial November release represent a “phenomenal outcome.”

However, he stopped short of suggesting it could break the $1bn barrier as the film has now opened in all major markets, including China, where a heavily censored version was released earlier this year.

This culminated in four Oscar wins, including best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer, alongside two Golden Globe wins. BBC