Sing-Along Screenings Add to Popularity of Queen Biopic

  • By Pyo Tae-jun

    November 26, 2018 10:03

    The film "Bohemian Rhapsody" continues to draw large crowds of moviegoers a month after its release.

    The biopic about British rock band Queen has drawn 4.27 million viewers since it hit screens on Oct. 31, including more than 390,000, the largest daily number so far, on Saturday alone. It has already outperformed "La La Land" (3.59 million viewers) and "Begin Again" (3.42 million), and is on target to beat "Les Misérables" (5.92 million) to become the most successful music film ever released in Korea.

    Korean theaters have sold the second-highest number of tickets for the film in the world after the U.K. It opened in 811 cinemas across the nation and the number has increased to 1,136. 

    Moviegoers dressed like Freddie Mercury pose at a theater in Seoul on Saturday. /Courtesy of Megabox

    A factor in the film's seemingly unending popularity is sing-along screenings, where audiences can sing along to the songs in the film while watching it.

    One moviegoer in Busan said they attended a sing-along on Friday with 20 other people who all dressed in black leather jackets and wore false mustaches to resemble the band's lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991. A Megabox movie theater in Gangnam, Seoul was packed with moviegoers dressed in the singer's trademark white sleeveless shirts and blue jeans on Saturday.

    The sessions were planned as a limited-time event, but have been extended several times.

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