Brian May Says Queen Hasn't 'Earned a Penny' from Bohemian Rhapsody, Which Made $900 Million
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“We thought it would do well in the end, we felt good about it, but we didn’t realize it would do that well,” the 71-year-old guitarist said. “It’s incredible around the world. It’s like a billion-dollar movie.”
“I had to laugh the other day, because there’s a thing in the paper saying that we were getting rich off this movie,” he continued. “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? How successful does a movie have to be before you make money?”
“Because there’s so many people, of course, that will take pieces off the top,” the musician continued.
May also said that, despite allegedly not earning any money yet, the “feeling” of helping create the film was worth it.
“The feeling of it is so great, the fact that it’s out there and I think Freddie [Mercury] comes out of it with his dignity but without having been whitewashed in any way,” May said. “It’s very real, and it makes people cry.”
Bohemian Rhapsody resonated with Academy voters, helping the film score four Oscars out of its five nominations, including a Best Actor Oscar for Malek, 38.