Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum's wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed for cheers and respectability showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted? Written by
20 December 2017 (USA)
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Also Known As:
El gran showman
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Opening Weekend USA: $8,805,843,
24 December 2017, Wide Release
Gross USA: $113,973,270, 22 January 2018
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $232,119,095, 22 January 2018
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?
The headline of first newspaper review describes Barnum's show as a "Circus of Humbug". When he's given his top hat before the next show, someone had put a gold crown around the top hat which says "Prince Humbug" or "Prince of Humbug". The words gets mentioned another couple of times in the movie: when introducing Jenny Lind on stage in New York for the first time, Barnum says that people might dismiss the performance as "Barnum Humbug," and when he comes home part way through her tour, he tells his wife that he has come home because he misses her and their girls. She tells him that sounds "like humbug". See more
At one point during the song "The Other Side", Phillip Carlyle jumps down from the bar, onto a barstool, and then onto the tile floor. You can briefly see a raised square underneath the barstool, covered in the same tile as the floor. This is obviously a platform that the barstool is attached to so that it is stable enough for Carlyle to jump onto without it tipping over. See more
They come to see you... *Your* crazy ideas, *your* new acts. The unusual...
Well then how about you show them a smile? That'd be unusual.
The opening and closing credits are done in the style of silent movie intertitles. See more
A Million Dreams (Reprise)
Written by Justin Paul
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Performed by Austyn Johnson
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