Why did the Elton John biopic bomb?

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  1. newking70

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    Whereas the Freddie Mercury biopic was a smash.
     
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    Did it? I liked it.
     
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    Because the Elton John movie was an actual musical, where the characters suddenly break into song-and-dance routines.

    There were actually some really creative things in Rocket Man, but that’s my main criticism. More a musical than a biopic, seemed kinda strange.
     
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    Because it wasn’t good?
    That’s generally why a movie tanks.
     
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    My exact thoughts. Plus I would have used EJ’s actual tracks instead of letting the kid sing it. Not that he’s a bad singer but EJ had a swagger and uniqueness in his voice back then that drove the songs to what they were.
     
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    Budget $40 million
    Box office $180.6 million

    And still playing....

    Our definitions of "Bomb" are quite different.
     
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    He’s still alive, right?
     
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    did it bomb because you don't like him and wanted others to agree with you?



    i saw it, it was great. as someone above mentioned i think your definition of bomb would fit if this were opposite day.
     
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    Not a huge EJ fan, but I’ve seen numerous documentary-type profiles of various artists I don’t care for that I nevertheless found interesting. When this makes it to cable, I’ll give it a look.
     
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    Fake news.

    It's a hit. Opposite of a bomb.

    Personally, I think biopics are dumb, unless they're about Dewey Cox.
     
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    It didn't bomb. It just didn't do Bohemian Rhapsody numbers. Likely in part to fatigue after A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody.

    It'd be like judging the new Tarantino movie based on Pulp Fiction - it's kind of a skewed metric.
     
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    It was decent. Not as good as Oklahoma or Cats.
     
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    Did the Freddie Mercury movie do all that great?
     
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    Well, it didn't bomb, it made money. Probably not as much money as WWRY, but still: well in the black.

    I saw both, preferred the Elton pic because it was a musical.

    The Queen one was too far in the Uncanny Valley.

    I enjoyed the new arrangements in the Elton film, and I thought the guy did a fine job singing the Elton tunes.
     
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    If a movie isn't the highest grossing ever opening weekend, it's a flop.
     
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    Depends...

    Brian May Says Queen Hasn’t “Earned a Penny” from Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody, the Queen biopic sanctioned and guided by the living members of the iconic rock band, has made $903 million worldwide since its release last November. But according to Queen guitarist Brian May, none of those band members have seen a single cent of that mind-blowing haul.

    “I had to laugh, actually, the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie,” said May, laughing (he had to!) in a recent interview with BBC Radio host Zoe Ball. “If they only knew. We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it. Isn’t that funny? So how successful does a movie have to be before you make money?”
     
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    My family and I thought the Elton John movie was great. It was entertaining to watch and that's what I look for when I spend money to go to a theater. And FWIW I do not generally like musicals. There were only a few musical number though. Actually no one I've talked to said they hated it. So not a flop IMO.
     
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    I'm sure @A-Bone knows better, but I think that creative accounting - which is super-prevalent - has kept the first Star Wars from ever technically making a profit.

    What is?

    Plus, how many people were duped and thought Rocketman was an Avengers spin-off? Do they make anything besides comic book movies anymore?
     

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