Bohemian Rhapsody may have grossed over $900 million worldwide, but Brian May says the band hasn’t actually seen any of those earnings.
The Queen guitarist even questioned the financial situation in an interview with BBC Radio 2. “It was a long labor of love — about 12 years in development, I guess. We thought it would do well in the end and we felt good about it, but we didn’t realize it would do that well,” May says. “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. If they only knew.”
“We had an accountant in the other day, and we still haven’t earned a penny from it,” he continued. “How successful does a movie have to be before you make money? There’s so many people that people don’t realize will take pieces off the top, but the feeling of it is so great — the fact that it’s out there, and I think Freddie [Mercury] comes out it with his dignity, but without having been whitewashed in any way.”
Listen to the interview below.