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Broadway Grosses: Disney Reigns as King of the Broadway Jungle During Holiday Weekend Box Office Drop

Broadway Grosses: Disney Reigns as King of the Broadway Jungle During Holiday Weekend Box Office Drop
Disney's 'The Lion King' and 'Aladdin' both exceeded capacity for the week ending July 6.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend marked an expected dip in box office numbers this week on Broadway. As many spent the holiday with fireworks and cookouts, box offices took in approximately a combined $25.12 million, down about $4.66 million from the week before. Still, many shows had cause to cheer—especially when those productions are run by a certain mouse. The Lion King and Aladdin both held onto frontrunning positions in the highest grossing shows, with the former breaking two million and surpassing Wicked as the highest grossing show. Usual suspects The Book of Mormon and Kinky Boots made the top five as well. The Lion King and Aladdin also exceeded capacity, and by a narrow margin, tied for a spot in the top five attended shows. As previously announced, Disney's remaining Broadway show, Newsies, will play its final performance this summer. But before that, the Great White Way said goodbye to The Realistic Joneses. The star-studded play had its last performance as scheduled on July 6.

Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 6:

FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. The Lion King ($2,066,169)
2. Wicked ($1,988,092)
3. The Book of Mormon ($1,578,566)
4. Aladdin ($1,498,146)
5. Kinky Boots ($1,237,182)

UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. Once ($428,194) 
4. The Realistic Joneses ($420,300) 
3. Rock of Ages ($303,796)
2. Violet ($247,291)*
1. Holler If Ya Hear Me ($144,773)

FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%)
2. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (102.34%)*
3. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (100.58%)
4. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder (100.54%)
5. The Lion King (100.01%)
=5. Aladdin (100.01%)

UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. Rocky (74.33%)
4. The Cripple of Inishmaan (67.74%)
3. Cinderella (66.44%)
2. Holler If Ya Hear Me (53.17%)
1. Bullets Over Broadway (51.24%)

*Number based on 7 regular performances

Source: The Broadway League

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