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Most Popular Movies 2016

This chart shows the 2016 movie releases that have attracted the most interest on The Numbers web site over the past 24 hours. A share of 100 corresponds to 1 percent of the total views for all 2016 releases.

See also: Domestic Release Schedule for 2016 - Top 2016 Worldwide

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  1
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween

Synopsis

Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Director: Gareth Edwards
Lead Roles: Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, Diego Luna as Captain Cassian Andor, Ben Mendelsohn as Director Orson Krennic, Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe, Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, Alan Tudyk as K-2SO, Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook
Initial Theatrical Release: December 14th, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
Keywords: Prequel, Rebellion, Space Opera, Visual Effects, Prologue, Intertitle, Tortured for Information, Non-Chronological, Robot, Dream Sequence, Suicide Mission
Classification: Spin-Off, Adventure, Animation/Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$532,177,324
International BO:
$518,811,164

Synopsis

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

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  3
Moana
Domestic BO:
$248,757,044
International BO:
$390,780,164

Synopsis

For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium — and no one knows exactly why. An adventurous teenager is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

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Captain America: Civil War
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Lead Roles: Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America , Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther
Initial Theatrical Release: April 27th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Marvel Comics, Friends turned Enemies, Government Corruption, Rebellion, 1990s, Prologue, Scene in End Credits, Framed, Gratuitous Cameos, Visual Effects, Intertitle, Assassination, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Siberia, Nigeria, Russia, Revenge, Death of a Spouse or Fiancée / Fiancé, Death of a Son or Daughter, Surprise Twist, Super Soldier Serum
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$408,084,349
International BO:
$745,220,146

Synopsis

Steve Rogers is leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

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Deadpool
Director: Tim Miller
Lead Roles: Ryan Reynolds as Wade/Deadpool
Initial Theatrical Release: February 9th, 2016 (Wide) (Taiwan)
Keywords: Terminal Illness, Cancer, Special Ops, Romance, Medical Crimes, Human Experimentation, Revenge, Gratuitous Cameos, Development Hell, Marvel Comics
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$363,070,709
International BO:
$437,958,540

Synopsis

The origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice poster
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Director: Zack Snyder
Lead Roles: Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Initial Theatrical Release: March 23rd, 2016 (Wide) (Egypt)
Keywords: Franchise Crossover, D.C. Comics, Vigilante, Non-Chronological, Dream Sequence, Prophetic Dreams
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$330,360,194
International BO:
$537,800,000

Synopsis

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before.

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Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures
Director: Theodore Melfi
Lead Roles: Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, Janelle Monae as Mary Jackson, Kevin Costner as Al Harrison, Kirsten Dunst as Vivian Mitchell, Jim Parsons as Paul Stafford
Initial Theatrical Release: December 25th, 2016 (Limited) by 20th Century Fox
Keywords: 1960s, African-American, Bigotry, Sexism, Womens Rights, Mathematics, Space Program, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Civil Rights Movement, Intertitle, Epilogue, Widow/Widower, Archive Footage
Classification: Based on Factual Book/Article, Drama, Live Action, Dramatization
Domestic BO:
$169,387,004
International BO:
$62,900,000

Synopsis

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as “human computers”, we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history’s greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.

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Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge
Director: Mel Gibson
Lead Roles: Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Ross
Initial Theatrical Release: November 3rd, 2016 (Wide) (Netherlands)
Keywords: World War II, Anti-war, Conscientious Objector, Pacifism, 1940s, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Faith-Based
Classification: Based on Real Life Events, Drama, Live Action, Dramatization
Domestic BO:
$67,209,615
International BO:
$91,492,029

Synopsis

The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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  9
Kimi no na wa
Domestic BO:
$5,000,181
International BO:
$336,551,171

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Zootopia poster
Zootopia
Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
Lead Roles: Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hoops, Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde
Initial Theatrical Release: February 10th, 2016 (Wide) (Belgium)
Keywords: Beat Cops, Confidence Men, Talking Animals, Animal Lead, Missing Person, Bigotry, Government Corruption, Prologue, Bullies, Intertitle
Classification: Original Screenplay, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$341,268,248
International BO:
$678,652,726

Synopsis

The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery.

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11
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Director: David Yates
Lead Roles: Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone, Ron Perlman as Gnarlak, Colin Farrell as Percival Graves, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Samantha Morton as Mary Lou, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery, Katherine Waterston as Tina
Initial Theatrical Release: November 14th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: 1920s, Prequel, New York City, Secret Magic, Supernatural, Monster, Cryptozoology, Secret Societies
Classification: Spin-Off, Adventure, Live Action, Fantasy
Domestic BO:
$234,037,575
International BO:
$569,760,767

Synopsis

Story takes place in the Harry Potter world, set 70 years prior to the Harry Potter books.

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12
The Jungle Book poster
Domestic BO:
$364,001,123
International BO:
$599,900,000

Synopsis

An adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera, and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa, a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie, who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

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13
La La Land
La La Land
Director: Damien Chazelle
Lead Roles: Ryan Gosling as Sebastian, Emma Stone as Mia
Initial Theatrical Release: November 30th, 2016 (Wide), released as LA LA LAND (South Korea)
Keywords: Hollywood, Aspiring Actress / Actor, Jazz, Musicians, Music Industry, Movie Business, Romance, Big Break, Relationships Gone Wrong, 2017 Oscars Best Picture Nominee, Non-Chronological, On Tour, Epilogue
Classification: Original Screenplay, Musical, Live Action, Contemporary Fiction
Domestic BO:
$151,101,803
International BO:
$281,090,654

Synopsis

Sebastian and Mia are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

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Ghostbusters poster
Ghostbusters
Director: Paul Feig
Lead Roles: Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Chris Hemsworth as Kevin
Initial Theatrical Release: July 13th, 2016 (Wide) (Jamaica)
Keywords: New York City, Reboot, Hauntings, Paranormal Investigation, Entrepreneur, Genderbending Casting, Inventor, Gratuitous Cameos, Development Hell, Supernatural, College Professor, Fired
Classification: Remake, Comedy, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$128,350,574
International BO:
$100,683,476

Synopsis

A paranormal researcher, a physicist, a nuclear engineer and a subway worker try to rid New York of ghosts that can possess humans.

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15
Passengers
Passengers
Director: Morten Tyldum
Lead Roles: Jennifer Lawrence as Aurora Lane, Chris Pratt as Jim Preston
Initial Theatrical Release: December 21st, 2016 (Wide) by Sony Pictures
Keywords: Space Program, Romance, Disaster
Classification: Original Screenplay, Thriller/Suspense, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$100,014,092
International BO:
$202,197,151

Synopsis

Two passengers are on a 120-year journey to another planet when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early. Jim and Aurora are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, with the lives of thousands of passengers in jeopardy.

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16
Finding Dory poster
Domestic BO:
$486,295,561
International BO:
$536,321,815

Synopsis

Reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way.

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Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange
Director: Scott Derrickson
Lead Roles: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as Master Wong, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One
Initial Theatrical Release: October 24th, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Marvel Comics, Secret Magic, Origin Story, Car Accident, Paralysis / Loss of a Limb, New York City, London, Hong Kong, Alternative Dimensions / Parallel universe, Same Actor, Multiple Roles, Scene in End Credits, Demons
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Adventure, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$232,641,920
International BO:
$444,900,000

Synopsis

The story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing—and hope—in an unlikely place: a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

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X-Men: Apocalypse poster
X-Men: Apocalypse
Director: Bryan Singer
Lead Roles: James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique
Initial Theatrical Release: May 18th, 2016 (Wide) (France)
Keywords: Marvel Comics, Mutants, Visual Effects, End of the World, Ancient Egypt
Classification: Based on Comic/Graphic Novel, Action, Live Action, Super Hero
Domestic BO:
$155,442,489
International BO:
$387,300,000

Synopsis

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

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Independence Day: Resurgence poster
Independence Day: Resurgence
Director: Roland Emmerich
Lead Roles: Liam Hemsworth as Jake Morrison, Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson, Bill Pullman as Thomas J. Whitmore
Initial Theatrical Release: June 22nd, 2016 (Wide) (South Korea)
Keywords: Delayed Sequel, Sequels Without Their Original Stars, Sequel With Lead Character Recast, Alien Invasion, Visual Effects
Classification: Original Screenplay, Action, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$103,144,286
International BO:
$284,500,000

Synopsis

We always knew they were coming back. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

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Why Him?
Why Him?
Director: John Hamburg
Lead Roles: Bryan Cranston as Ned Fleming, James Franco as Laird Mayhew, Zoey Deutch as Stephanie Fleming
Initial Theatrical Release: December 21st, 2016 (Wide), released as ¿Por qué Él? (Mexico)
Keywords: Dysfunctional Family, In-Laws / Future In-Laws, Romance, Christmas
Classification: Original Screenplay, Comedy, Live Action, Contemporary Fiction
Domestic BO:
$60,323,786
International BO:
$57,200,000

Synopsis

Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird. The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned's panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

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Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed
Director: Justin Kurzel
Lead Roles: Michael Fassbender as Cal Lynch/Aguilar de Nerha
Initial Theatrical Release: December 21st, 2016 (Wide) by 20th Century Fox
Keywords: Time Travel, Corporate Malfeasance, Assassination, Hitmen, Magical Technology, Spanish Inquisition, Voodoo, Computer Simulation
Classification: Based on Game, Action, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$54,647,948
International BO:
$185,850,000

Synopsis

Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

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The Secret Life of Pets poster
The Secret Life of Pets
Director: Chris Renaud
Lead Roles: Louis C.K. as Max, Eric Stonestreet as Duke, Kevin Hart as Snowball, Jenny Slate as Gidget, Ellie Kemper as Katie, Albert Brooks as Tiberius, Lake Bell as Chloe, Dana Carvey as Pops, Hannibal Buress as Buddy, Bobby Moynihan as Mel
Initial Theatrical Release: May 8th, 2016 (Wide) (Sweden)
Keywords: Animal Lead, Talking Animals, New York City, New York, Slobs vs. Snobs, Missing Pet, Voiceover/Narration, Revenge
Classification: Original Screenplay, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$368,384,330
International BO:
$507,573,977

Synopsis

For one bustling Manhattan apartment building, the real day starts after the folks on two legs leave for work and school. That’s when the pets of every stripe, fur and feather begin their own nine-to-five routine: hanging out with each other, trading humiliating stories about their owners, auditioning adorable looks to get better snacks and watching Animal Planet like it is reality TV.

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Kung Fu Panda 3 poster
Kung Fu Panda 3
Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Alessandro Carloni
Lead Roles: Jack Black as Po
Initial Theatrical Release: January 23rd, 2016 (Wide) (China)
Keywords: Animal Lead, Talking Animals, Martial Arts, Martial Arts Master, Wuxia
Classification: Original Screenplay, Adventure, Digital Animation, Kids Fiction
Domestic BO:
$143,528,619
International BO:
$375,085,764

Synopsis

When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

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Star Trek Beyond poster
Star Trek Beyond
Director: Justin Lin
Lead Roles: John Cho as Hikaru Sulu, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Chris Pine as James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Commander Spock, Zoe Saldana as Lieutenant Uhura, Karl Urban as Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Anton Yelchin as Chekov, Idris Elba as Krall, Sofia Boutella as Jaylah
Initial Theatrical Release: July 21st, 2016 (Wide) (United Kingdom)
Keywords: Posthumous Release, Screenplay Written By the Star, Marooned, Prologue, Ambush, Voiceover/Narration, Relationships Gone Wrong, Invented Language, Surprise Twist
Classification: Based on TV, Adventure, Live Action, Science Fiction
Domestic BO:
$158,848,340
International BO:
$177,549,972

Synopsis

The Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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Sing
Domestic BO:
$270,329,045
International BO:
$364,001,448

Synopsis

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Buster Moon, a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition. Five lead contestants emerge: Mike, a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena, a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita, an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny, a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash, a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

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