“Oppenheimer” just became the highest-grossing film based on a real-life person to ever hit the big screen, and its 2nd-place competition shares something in common … Rami Malek.
Indeed, the actor stars in both Christopher Nolan‘s latest blockbuster — in a scene-stealing moment, no less — as well as “Bohemian Rhapsody” … the biopic about Freddie Mercury … which, up until this Sunday, was the top dog when it came to flicks about historical figures.
That changed, however, after “Oppenheimer” crossed a big threshold at the worldwide box office … the number being $912 million, which is how much its made in its theatrical run.
That barely edges out Rami’s ‘BH’ … which peaked at $910M while it was still out. Below that is a significant drop-off in Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper,” which made over $540 mil at the global box office. After that … “The Greatest Showman,” “The King’s Speech” and so on.
Again … the common denominator for the two crown jewels in this category is Rami. He was obviously the lead star in ‘Bohemian’ — winning an Oscar for Best Actor in that — and he has a crucial role in “Oppenheimer” as well … when he outs RDJ as the big bad toward the end.
Assuming “Oppenheimer” goes on to swoop up some statuettes next year — like most everyone expects it to — Rami can say he’s been in two Academy Award-winning films.
He’s been a little choosy with acting parts lately, but it’s clear this guy knows good movies when sees them. A note to Hollywood — hitch your wagon to RM’s star … his flicks win!