Zac Efron became a star thanks to his work in the High School Musical films, but since then singing has taken a backseat to carving out a diverse acting career. Whether it’s character driven work such as The Paperboy and At Any Price or straight up comedies such as Neighbors and Dirty Grandpa, Efron doesn’t mind mixing it up on the silver screen.
He returns with a spring to his step and a song in his heart in The Greatest Showman, starring as the ringmaster protegé to Hugh Jackman’sP.T. Barnum. The musical, as evidenced by its live commercial, has been an ambitious undertaking for everyone involved. In the audio clip below, Efron explains how the cast and crew gave “maximum effort” in the making of The Greatest Showman.
The Greatest Showman, co-starring Zendaya and Michelle Williams, opens nationwide December 20.
It took Johnny Knoxville to knock Sandra Bullock and George Clooney off their box office throne, as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa took in $32 million in its first weekend. Gravity didn’t go home a loser either, as the flick took in $20.3 million to capture second place. Unfortunately, The Counselor’s star power of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz didn’t save its sub-par $8 million debut. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – $32 million makes Johnny Knoxville a happy camper.
2. Gravity – $20.3 million. An astounding $199.8 million in domestic to date!
3. Captain Phillips – $11.8 million
4. The Counselor – It’s a box office misfire for director Ridley Scott. $8 million
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – $6.1 million
6. Carrie – With just $26 million domestically, it’s underperformed. This weekend: $5.9 million
7. Escape Plan – Sly and Arnold pairing didn’t light the world on fire. $4.34 million