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Broadway Grosses: The Lion of Broadway

Well into its fifteenth year, Disney's The Lion King roars to the top of the Broadway summit. logo

Tshidi Manye in The Lion King.
(© Joan Marcus)
After weeks in the number-two spot, The Lion King has finally overtaken Wicked as the top-grossing show on Broadway, a position it hasn't held since the week ending February 24 of this year. The Lion King brought in $1,835,410 last week, to Wicked's $1,810,911, so the difference is negligible. It also doesn't change the fact that the top-three shows on Broadway are consistently Wicked, The Lion King, and The Book of Mormon and have been that way for quite some time. This doesn't mean that there aren't shows that could potentially challenge the status quo this season: After a big opening last Sunday, April 14, Motown: The Musical made its first appearance in the top five on a week in which most shows on Broadway did better than the week before.

Here are the highest-grossing shows on Broadway:

1. The Lion King: $1, 835, 410

2. Wicked: $1, 810, 911

3. The Book of Mormon: $1, 670, 782

4. Lucky Guy: $1, 412, 001

5. Motown: The Musical: $1, 151, 759

6. Matilda: The Musical: $1, 129, 419

7. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: $1, 060, 466

8. Kinky Boots: $1, 056, 926

9. Cinderella: $976, 098

10. The Phantom of the Opera: $952, 478

The Tom Hanks Broadway debut Lucky Guy remains the only nonmusical in the top ten, grossing $1.4 million in its best week yet. This success can be attributed to the $147.13 average ticket price (the second-highest on Broadway after Mormon) and the standing-room audiences in the medium-sized Broadhurst Theatre.

260,240 people took in a Broadway show last week. The average price of a ticket was $90.19. The lowest average ticket price was for the The Testament of Mary at $29.90. Aggressive papering by the producers led to near-capacity audiences for the solo show about the virgin Mary all week. Time will tell if their gambit pays off. The show opens tonight.

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