More than eight years in the making, the movie proved one of the hits of the year and acknowledged Freddie Mercury as one of the planet’s greatest music superstars. It also recognised Jim Hutton as his loving partner and confidant.

The film was released first in the U.K., then in the U.S. and by November 1st was already headed to the top. The film went on to gross more than $700m worldwide by Christmas 2018 – and is on track to break the $1 billion barrier.