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Broadway Grosses: The Lion King Leads the Pack at the Box Office

Broadway Grosses: The Lion King Leads the Pack at the Box Office
'The Lion King' took home big bucks at the box office.

With Labor Day just around the corner, Broadway fans are squeezing in trips to New York City to catch a show before school starts. The Lion King roared ahead at the box office this week as the only show to hit the $2 million mark. Big earners Matilda and Kinky Boots both broke their box office records, and the new musical Soul Doctor got a bump in sales on its opening week. Meanwhile, The Book of Mormon and Pippin packed in crowds with over 100% capacity.

Here’s a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending August 18:

FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. The Lion King ($2,112,788)
2. Wicked ($1,871,050)
3. The Book of Mormon ($1,741,615)
4. Kinky Boots ($1,649,031)
5. Motown The Musical ($1,437,843)

UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. First Date ($424,227)
4. Rock of Ages ($384, 217)
3. Let It Be ($316,572)
2. Forever Tango ($282,884)
1. Soul Doctor ($200,673)*

FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. Kinky Boots (100.77%)
3. Matilda (100.75%)
4. Pippin (100.01%)
5. Motown The Musical (99.37%)

UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (78.55%)**
4. Annie (73.00%)
3. Cinderella (72.93%)
2. Forever Tango (64.74%)
1. Let It Be (39.58%)

*Number based on four previews and four regular performances.
**Number based on seven performances; the eighth was cancelled mid-show after cast member Daniel Curry was injured. 
Information provided by the Broadway League.

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