A blockbuster new movie, Yesterday, by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, will introduce a whole new generation to the immortal hits of John, Paul, George and Ringo, predict industry experts. And the comedy musical is expected to boost the band’s annual revenue by tens of millions of pounds, with a heavily promoted soundtrack and huge spin-off sales of previous albums. In particular, Sir Paul, 76, who now owns publishing rights to some of The Beatles’ most iconic numbers, will benefit enormously from a global revival of the world’s most famous group.
Yesterday, due to be released in UK and Irish cinemas on June 28, looks set to out-perform current box-office music hits Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born.
As well as winning numerous awards, Bohemian Rhapsody – the biopic story of Queen singer Freddie Mercury – has shattered the record for a musical film by raking in £652million worldwide.
The soundtrack has also racked up 1.7 million in album sales in the US alone – a virtually unheard of figure in the streaming age – with an estimated five million-plus sales worldwide.
On top of that, sales of two previous Queen albums have been so high that both have appeared back in the Billboard charts.