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Broadway Grosses: Headbanging Hit Rock of Ages Packs Houses; The Lion King Still Reigns Supreme

Broadway Grosses: Headbanging Hit Rock of Ages Packs Houses; The Lion King Still Reigns Supreme
The cast of 'Rock of Ages'
'Rock of Ages' is packing the house at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Broadway audiences are obviously having "nothing but a good time" at '80s jukebox tuner Rock of Ages, which played to over 98% capacity this week. The Lion King is still tops at the box office, earning an impressive $2,219,736 in receipts after a jam packed nine-performance week. Wicked isn't far behind with just over $2.1 million (also with nine performances), while The Book of Mormon, Spider-Man and Once still prove to be box office dynamos with well over $1 million in sales each. Newsies continues to be one of the hottest tickets in town—this week, the Disney hit brought in crowds at over 101% capacity. 

Here's a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending August 12:

FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. The Lion King ($2,219,736)*
2. Wicked ($2,147,261)*
3. Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark ($1,691,184)
4. The Book of Mormon ($1,634,876)
5. Once ($1,060,427)

UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. Porgy and Bess ($495,426)
4. Peter and the Starcatcher ($474,252)
3. Bring it On ($472,810)
2. Clybourne Park ($396,645)
1. End of the Rainbow ($252,527)

FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. Newsies (101.62%)
3. Once (100.56%)
4. The Lion King (98.86%)*
5. Rock of Ages (98.50%)

UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. Clybourne Park (68.91%)
4. Ghost (65.82%)
3. Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (61.54%)**
2. Porgy and Bess (53.71%)
1. End of the Rainbow (52.07%)

*Number based on nine regular performances.
**Number based on six regular performances.
Data Provided by the Broadway League.

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