Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pop Mystery: Hugh Jackman’s “Greatest Showman” Film is a Flop, But the CD Is (Maybe) Number 1 Right Now


Well, here’s a head scratcher.

Hugh Jackman’s PT Barnum movie, “The Greatest Showman,” is a flop at cinemas. It’s made $13.4 million since Friday. This is no surprise. The reviews were pretty bad, and it was premiered in Brooklyn on a cruise ship for some reason.

But lo and behold, the soundtrack to “The Greatest Showman” may be a hit. May is the operative word here. Somehow, the CD is number 1 on both iTunes and Amazon.

So what’s the issue? According to Buzz Angle, which keeps track of album sales in real time, “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack has only sold about 31,000 copies from its release December 8th through Christmas Eve. Between December 22 and 24, it only sold about 12,000 copies.

In that same period, albums by Huncho Jack (have no idea what that is), Taylor Swift, and Eminem sold 39K, 36K, and 29K respectively. “Showman” didn’t even register.

It’s a Christmas mystery.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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