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10 Broadway Box Office Records That Were Shattered Last Week

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|by Danielle Moore |


From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘Mean Girls,’ Broadway broke records this holiday

The holidays brought a record-breaking week for more than a few Broadway shows, as well as for Broadway as a whole. The week ending in Dec. 30 saw a record number of theatergoers flock to the Great White Way for the holidays, with an astonishing 378,910 seats filled in what was also the highest-grossing week in Broadway history. But the record breaking didn’t stop at this statistic. It reverberated across the theatre district, and included adapted musicals, new plays and even specialty seasonal shows. Here are 10 of the Broadway records that were broken last week.

‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Aladdin’ broke records last week (Photos: Julieta Cervantes; Joan Marcus; Matthew Murphy)

‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘Aladdin’ broke records last week (Photos: Julieta Cervantes; Joan Marcus; Matthew Murphy)

To Kill a Mockingbird
With a holiday week that grossed over $1.7 million, Broadway’s newest addition – adapted by Aaron Sorkin and starring Jeff Daniels – swiftly became the highest-grossing American play in Broadway history. In other words, it earned the all-time highest single-week gross of any American, non-musical show to have played on Broadway.  
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As a counterpart to To Kill a Mockingbird’s new record, this family-friendly fantasy – the winner of several Tony Awards – now claims the highest single-week gross of any play in Broadway history.

Disney Theatricals’ Trio of Musicals
Speaking of family-friendly entertainment, the crown jewels of Disney’s Broadway empire – Aladdin, The Lion King and Frozen – all broke their respective records for weekly grosses at the New Amsterdam, The Minskoff and St. James Theatres.

Mean Girls
With a holiday week gross of $1,994,386, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond’s movie-to-musical adaptation surpassed its own box office record at the August Wilson Theatre.

Wicked
This Broadway mainstay, which just celebrated its 15-year anniversary in October, broke its own Gershwin Theatre Record last week by bringing in over $3 million.

Chicago
The long-running revival celebrated 22 years this year – making it the longest-running American musical in Broadway history – which was made especially significant when its $1 million+ gross last week made 2018 the highest-grossing year in the show’s history.

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays
This holiday-themed show joined a crop of productions that popped up, or re-tooled, just in time for the holiday season. In the case of this production, the magic trick worked: its current run gross of $8.4 million makes it the highest-grossing magic show Broadway has ever seen.

Hamilton Tops $4 Million
Last week, the runaway hit musical – which, in addition to its Broadway and domestic touring productions, is now being performed by its composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, in Puerto Rico – became the first-ever Broadway show to gross over $4 million in one week.

For more record-breaking Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in January 2019.

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