‘Oppenheimer’ Outshines ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as Best Biopic Of All Time

For a long time, Bohemian Rhapsody enjoyed the position of the highest-grossing biopic of all time at the box office globally. However, now, it has been successfully dethroned by Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer. Back when Bohemian Rhapsody was released in theaters in 2018, the movie went on to become the 6th highest-grossing movie for the same year worldwide.

The movie also grossed over a whopping $910 Million for a $50 Million budget. With incredible acting by Rami Malek as the group’s lead singer Freddie Mercury, the movie surpassed all records in a matter of weeks. However, the crown of the highest-grossing biopic is now held by Oppenheimer after its release in July 2023.

Oppenheimer Grosses Over $912.7 Million Worldwide

The latest biopic movie has grossed more than $912.7 Million globally thereby successfully replacing Bohemian Rhapsody. Oppenheimer is a biopic about a physicist named J. Robert Oppenheimer. He played an important role in the creation of the atomic bomb. This was a part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. The movie deeply explores his life and work including his contributions to nuclear weapon development. Furthermore, the biopic explores the ethical and moral dilemmas associated with the use of nuclear weapons.


The movie was released the same day as Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie. However, it managed to appeal to the audience and garner positive reviews making it a huge success. Many fans viewed this as a unique double feature. This was followed by a trend that started on Twitter (now X) dubbed “Barbenheimer”. Both Oppenheimer and Barbie become a cultural phenomenon with a massive fan following.

Oppenheimer Gets An R-Rating In The U.S.

However, the movie hasn’t yet been released in Japan. This is due to the fact that this country was the one that was bombed during WWII. Moreover, in the U.S., the movie got an R-rating given the presence of nudity, harsh language, and some sexuality. This makes it Nolan’s first movie to receive this rating after the 2002 film Insomnia. In countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East, a censored version of the movie was released. The nude scenes starring Florence Pugh had her body covered by a black dress that was computer-generated.

The movie was lauded for its fine accuracy with most scenes depicted the same as the book. However, the director did leverage some creative liberty as well. Most of these changes are rather small. For instance, the scene with Oppenheimer getting excited about his discovery related to black holes is a bit exaggerated. According to the book, the physicist wasn’t nearly as excited in reality. He had no idea how significant his discovery was.

In another scene, Oppenheimer talks to Einstein where he discusses his concerns regarding an unstoppable reaction. However, in reality, he discussed this with Arthur Compton and not Einstein.

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