The Beatles-themed movie Yesterday grossed $17 million during opening weekend – $7 million more than what had been predicted.
The film landed in third place, with the worldwide total being $24.7 million. Its production budget had been $26 million, but the rights to use the Beatles’ musical catalog alone cost around $10 million.
“The romantic comedy follows an aspiring songwriter who, after a freak accident, discovers he’s the only person who remembers the Beatles,” Variety reported. “Rights to the catalog of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s greatest hits don’t come cheap, so Universal is hoping Yesterday has a long and winding road in theaters. … Yesterday appealed to an older female audience. Women represented 56 percent of ticket buyers, while 75 percent of moviegoers were over the age of 25. It carries an A- CinemaScore.”
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