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Trailers: Les Miserables's Got Talent

Smart move.

The trailer for the new musical, “Les Miserables,” is silent but for the bare, stark voice of Anne Hathaway singing “I Dreamed a Dream,” which, of course, is the song Susan Boyle sang on “Britain's Got Talent” a few years back, which, of course, is one of the most watched and talked-about videos in the YouTube era.

You can view the trailer here. (For some reason, they're not letting us embed.)

Original Les Miserables posterThe musical stars Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean) and Russell Crowe (as Javert), two men's men as well as women's men, real Aussies and real actors, so it'll be interesting to see how the movie does at the U.S. box office.

The rest of the world turned “Mamma Mia!” into an international hit a few years back but America., and in particular American men, mostly yawned. “MM” is among the top 100 global box office hits of all time (unadjusted), currently ranked 65th with a $609 million gross, but only $144 million of that, or 23.6%, came from the U.S. Only three movies in the global box office's top 100 managed to get on the list with a lower U.S. percentage. (For the curious, they are: “300,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”)

The U.S. just doesn't go to musicals anymore. We watch “American Idol” and “Glee” but can't be bothered to get into a car to hear folks sing.

The last time a live-action musical wound up in the top 10 in the annual U.S. box office was in 2002, with “Chicago,” which finished 10th for the year. The last time a live-action musical finished first in the annual U.S. box office was in 1978, with “Grease.” Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” barely made a dent in 2004, grossing $51 million, and winding up 63rd for the year.

Can Wolverine save “Les Miserables”? Can General Maximus Decimus Meridius? Can Catwoman?

One thing's for sure: If Susan Boyle can't, no one can.


Posted at 08:46 AM on Thu. May 31, 2012 in category Trailers  
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COMMENTS

karen wrote:

Kids will want to go the day it opens, I bet, but we're kind of the exception to the rule on this. But when they know all the words to all the songs ...

Comment posted on Thu. May 31, 2012 at 09:56 AM

Mister B wrote:

How will “Les Miserables” do in the US? How did “Australia” do? :)

Comment posted on Thu. May 31, 2012 at 09:58 AM

Erik wrote:

I think it'll do better. I think there are a lot of Muschlers out there.

Hell, I'm probably going. Trailer looks good. Crowe looks amazing.

Opens Christmas Day, Karen.

Comment posted on Thu. May 31, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Les Miserables wrote:

I do so love this show. I finally saw it when it came through town on New Year’s Eve 2010 . Love, love. love.

Comment posted on Mon. Aug 27, 2012 at 08:03 AM

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