November 4, 2008 / 8:09 PM / 10 years ago

"High School Musical 3" gets singalong version

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fans have barely had the time to learn the words, but Disney this Friday is launching a singalong version of its “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” hit movie.

Cast member Vanessa Hudgens and co-star Zac Efron pose at the premiere of the movie "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" at Galen Center in Los Angeles October 16, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

After just two weeks at the top of U.S. box offices, the singalong version will be rolled out on Friday at 125 movie theaters in major U.S. cities.

It’s the first time Walt Disney Pictures has released a singalong version of a movie in theaters nationwide but the decision follows a modern trend set by “Hairspray” in 2007 and “Mamma Mia,” which was based on Abba tunes, this past summer.

“We felt that the (‘High School Musical 3’) movie’s huge base of enthusiastic fans would really embrace a singalong version,” said Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group.

The third installment in the money-spinning song and dance teen franchise has already earned more than $146 million at the worldwide box office since its October 22 roll-out.

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” soundtrack sales however were pushed into second place on the Billboard 200 album charts last week by Australian rock band AC/DC’s first album in eight years, “Black Ice.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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