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Posted: 14 May 19, 19:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Probably not even Dr. May himself believes what he says...

https://www.nme.com/news/music/brian-may-queen-earned-penny-bohemian-rhapsody-film-2487791


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Posted: 14 May 19, 19:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

sure jan

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Posted: 14 May 19, 22:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

he`s not an accountant, and odds are he either misunderstood what his accountant meant, or his accountant isn`t explaining the full picture. it is quite possible that Queen did not `earn` a penny - as it all depends on how the profits are divvied up when the contract was signed. he sort of gave it away, they didn`t expect it would do this well - they likely expected to maybe break even which for a queen biopic is more than you can expect. as such, they likely negotiated to be paid a flat fee - ie. a salary- rather than a % of profits. To further elaborate, if they did not expect the film to earn high profits, it would be stupid to choose to be paid a percentage of profits instead of a salary. The biggest winner in this case was likely the producer & movie studio.

However, they likely did earn quite a bit indirectly as a result of its massive success. For every Queen fan that died between the 70s and today, they likely earned a net gain solely from this movie, given its wide exposure. Royalties, royalties, royalties, some merch, and of course royalties. i would not be surprised if these last couple of years (2018-2019) earned them the highest (annual) royalty revenues in their history. At least, the highest since Freddie died most likely.

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Posted: 15 May 19, 05:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He did say he hasn't earned a penny YET!

Pretty sure JIm Beach will soon deal with that!,

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Posted: 15 May 19, 09:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"...we still haven’t earned a penny..."

Hollywood accounting is notorious for being "creative" and it does not surprise me that money isn't getting to them straight away. People in the business actually figure in the cost of litigation when budgeting. They know that they have to fight for the money.

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Posted: 15 May 19, 10:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I bet he's not taking into account the music royalties from the songs in the film, even if he doesn't get anything for the movie itself the music alone should boost all 4 of their bank accounts.



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Posted: 15 May 19, 10:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Don't worry folks he will soon get some money and you can all get pissed about it a new...


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Posted: 15 May 19, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

what a joke...……………….can care less if he did or didn't, let them go cry privately

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Posted: 15 May 19, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

emrabt wrote:

I bet he's not taking into account the music royalties from the songs in the film, even if he doesn't get anything for the movie itself the music alone should boost all 4 of their bank accounts.


Correct - especially considering they have their own publishing, unlike most artists who have ever signed a major label deal.

But it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Brian was right about the Hollywood middlemen.



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Posted: 18 May 19, 07:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

“Liar! Nobody believes you! Liar!”

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Posted: 21 May 19, 05:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Brian's actually telling the truth.

The band is going to get very little of the movie's profits seeing as they aren't producers on the film. Jim Beach is going to get a nice chunk, though.

Elton John is no dummy, though. He is actually a producer on Rocketman.

P.S.-Brian and Roger being the music producers" on the film still does not amount to much.

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Posted: 21 May 19, 17:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

trivial matter anyway


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Posted: 21 May 19, 17:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I would imagine it's not trivial to Brian and Roger and they must be kicking themselves for not getting a better deal. The film literally made hundreds of millions in profits and Brian, Roger, Mary and John won't see any of it...but Jim Beach will!

LOL

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Posted: 22 May 19, 04:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I hope some decent amount went to the Mercury Phoenix Trust

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Posted: 22 May 19, 16:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I always thought Robert De Niro and Tribeca was going to have something to do with the Bohemian Rhapsody movie or maybe i'm wrong..

I cant imagine for a moment Brian and Roger Queen Productions are not making a penny from this movie in some way or another.


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Posted: 22 May 19, 17:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@flash

They are making money from soundtrack album sales only. No money from the film itself. They, and Queen Productions, have no financial stake in the film.

They probably thought the film would do well enough to just break even and serve as an advertisement for Queen's music. No one thought this would make anywhere NEAR 900 million dollars...so...there a a lot of people making a lot of money off of it but not any of the members of Queen.

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Posted: 22 May 19, 19:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

you dont know what for sure


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Posted: 26 May 19, 09:49 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

They shouldn’t whine...the film was free advertisement which made the sales of Queen records rise again.
By the way, a multi millionaire crying because he doesn’t earn from the film is pretty pathetic

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Posted: 26 May 19, 16:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yep like the time he moaned about the view from first class seats.

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Posted: 27 May 19, 01:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

@King of All Queen Fans...so if you were responsible for creating the basis of the movie that made over 900 million dollars you'd be cool with other people taking the profits and receiving nothing?