Les Mis set to be highest grossing movie musical of all time.

EricMontreal22
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"Even things that were generally loved here upon release (Dreamgirls, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray) now seem to be the usual punching bags any time a related thread is made.:

I agree with your sentiment in general, so this isn't against that--but I remember when Dreamgirls opened, and still when the movie comes up, a certain very vocal group of members here (and one who is quite respected and has made some great recordings and releases) who simply feel the need to go on and on that people are fooling themseleves if they think ti was a hit and obviously don't know how much went into0 marketing and that it was a flop. *eye roll*
CarlosAlberto
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I'm wondering about that chart. Is that the total take during a film's FIRST release or is it a combined total from re-releases as well. I ask because many of the films listed were released to theaters multiple times.
JP2
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It accounts all re releases.


Grease made 159,978,870 in '78, then added another $28,411,018 in 1998. And an addition $365,802 in 2010.
CarlosAlberto
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Thanks. Yes, that makes sense.
CarlosAlberto
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I believe Les Miz will wind up besting MAMMA MIA's! take at the box office. Les Miz is renowned the world over and it's loaded with box office names. It will definitely be another feather in Amanda Seyfried's career cap as she starred in both.
best12bars
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^ Which, like or not, makes her an ideal candidate (in Hollywood's eyes) for future film musicals.

Cinderella in "Into the Woods," anyone?
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CarlosAlberto
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That is so true besty. I totally see that happening.

Anne Hathaway as The Baker's Wife?

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best12bars
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Ann would be great, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as the Baker.

Like it or not, Amanda is on a very, very short list of movie stars who have already starred in two successful (at the box office) film musicals.
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dramamama611
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I liked her acting choices, but her singing near killed me. Not sure about her as Cinderella, though. Like Anne as the Baker's Wife, though.
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best12bars
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I think she'd be great acting the part of Cinderella (as written in the show), and her singing would be passable.

Just keep her away from Glinda in Wicked. That part needs a good singer for everything she does but "Popular."

But The Steps of the Palace doesn't demand a great voice, just a great understanding of the lyrics. And her part on No One Is Alone would be fine. Not great, but fine.

Did I mention she's a movie star? And already has two successful film musicals under her belt?

She could sing like Rob Reiner and they would still think of her as a strong contender at this point.
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Joviedamian
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"I believe Les Miz will wind up besting MAMMA MIA's! take at the box office. Les Miz is renowned the world over and it's loaded with box office names. It will definitely be another feather in Amanda Seyfried's career cap as she starred in both."

If I am not mistaken the total gross to date for Mamma Mis is like $600 million. LES MIS in my opinion should have passed the $100 million mark on the first day in order to climb to that level. It has only grossed over $58 million internationally and domestically. I see it reaching the $100 million mark, but not going too far pass that. I think those die-hard fans saw it and that was it.

Please correct me if I am wrong here.
Jordan Catalano
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"Ann would be great, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as the Baker. "

I think Hathaway is completely wrong for The Baker's Wife. I love her but there's something about that character that just "isn't" Anne Hathaway.
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Kad
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Mammia Mia!, according to Box Office Mojo, grossed only a fraction of its total domestic gross on its opening weekend ($27,751,240 out of its total $144,130,063). It also stayed in theaters for about three months, and did very well overseas.

It is too soon to tell how Les Mis will actually perform. It had a strong opening, and seems to have good word of mouth. It will definitely pass 50 million domestically by Monday and January is a rather sparse movie release month.
CarlosAlberto
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Les Miz has yet to open in some countries. And I'm talking worldwide grosses not just domestic. I think it's slated to open in some regions in February 2013 so there is still much money to be made from the film....it JUST opened 2 days ago.
ACL2006
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It should reach $100 million worldwide by New Year's Day. It has the potential to pass Mamma Mia considering it's following. I don't think there's any die-hard Mamma Mia fans out there.
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JP2
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"If I am not mistaken the total gross to date for Mamma Mis is like $600 million. LES MIS in my opinion should have passed the $100 million mark on the first day in order to climb to that level. It has only grossed over $58 million internationally and domestically. I see it reaching the $100 million mark, but not going too far pass that. I think those die-hard fans saw it and that was it.

Please correct me if I am wrong here."

Why would Les Miz have to make $100 million WW on its first day when Mamma Mia! only made $30 million WW its first weekend? These things take time, ya know.
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It should also be noted that the soundtrack is #1 on the iTunes. Smells like a success.
TheatreFan4
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If I am not mistaken the total gross to date for Mamma Mis is like $600 million. LES MIS in my opinion should have passed the $100 million mark on the first day in order to climb to that level. It has only grossed over $58 million internationally and domestically. I see it reaching the $100 million mark, but not going too far pass that. I think those die-hard fans saw it and that was it.

Please correct me if I am wrong here.


Oh girl, you funny.

Mamma Mia had $150M of its gross come from DVD sales. Les Miz has already shattered Mamma Mia's opening world wide gross in two days.
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Joviedamian
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"Mamma Mia had $150M of its gross come from DVD sales. Les Miz has already shattered Mamma Mia's opening world wide gross in two days."

And, the total gross in sales was $600 million. In order for LES MIZ to become the "highest grossing musical of all time" like the poster mentioned, it needs to beat $600 million in sales..no matter how it was accumulated. Starting at $58 million globally is not a strong start...but good opening for a musical non-the-less.

"Grease holds the US record with $188 million (and a world total of $386 million). Worldwide it's Mamma Mia! with $144 million in the US and almost $465 in the rest of the world, for an amazing total of $609 million"

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_highest_grossing_musical_film_of_all_time
JP2
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"Starting at $58 million globally is not a strong start..."


This is a completely delusion statement. This is without a doubt a huge start for any film.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Do we all get a prize or something if it hits $600 million?
Mtdewelite2010
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I'm just happy to see a movie musical being talked about as much as it is and not just on musical theater message boards. Hope it does become the highest grossing movie musical!
TheatreFan4
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Starting at $58 million globally is not a strong start...but good opening for a musical non-the-less

Mamma Mia opened with even less! On a weekend. During Summer Blockbuster time. How are you not getting this?
"Hi there, we represent The Broadway Better Business Players for a Better Tomorrow. We're trying to start a petition to get second rate shows taken off the marquee and with your help we can stop Mamma Mia from ever playing again." -Brad Jones in Suburban Knights

"Is it true you have Ralph Jr at the bottom of your purse in a jar of formaldehyde?" - Felicia
"No, but I wish I did so I could shove it down your throat!" - Bernadette

"This play is sh*t! This play is sh*t! F*CK YOU TERRENCE MCNALLY!!"- Patti LuPone as an angry theatre goer at 'Master Class'

"Being normal is VASTLY overrated..."
- Aggie Cromwell
JP2
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Apparently Mamma Mia! made all $600 million in its first day.
Joviedamian
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That is correct. Mamma Mia opened less with like $9 million in the US but had a massive gross over seas...that's what made up for it.
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All conceivable box office data related to Mamma Mia!:

http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=mammamia.htm