After his parents' death, Jacob Jankowski is left penniless and homeless. Events lead him to joining the circus as their vet, working under their unstable boss August whose violent tendencies give everyone reason to be cautious around him, including his beautiful and quiet wife Marlena, whom August is very possessive of and who Jacob finds himself soon falling in love with.
Life is the most spectacular show on earth.
22 April 2011 (USA)
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Also Known As:
Agua para elefantes
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Opening Weekend USA: $16,842,353,
24 April 2011
Gross USA: $58,709,717
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $117,094,902
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
Almost all of the circus wagon carts that appeared in the movie were the original carts from the Ringling Brother's shows. During production, the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin shipped its circus carts to California to be used for filming. As of late, they are all now back in their original display building. See more
After their first dinner together, August is very drunk and Marlena carries him in their bedroom. When she comes out again, where Jacob is sitting, she pulls the drapes together, but doesn't close them completely - there is a significant gap between them. However, when Jacob leaves after Marlena has asked him to, the drapes are completely closed. See more
[in the rain
Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Did I miss the Spec?
Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them for you.
No, no! I came on my own.
It's okay. We're gonna call the home. We're gonna have them come pick you up.
I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you ...
In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI. See more
Referenced in 2011 MTV Movie Awards
I Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl
Written by J. Tim Brymn, Clarence Williams
and Dally Small
Performed by Bessie Smith
Courtesy of Columbia Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more