‘Wicked’ sets Broadway record with highest one-week gross

By Daniel S Levine,

The Broadway musical Wicked remains the most popular show on the Great White Way, out-grossing everything else for a ninth consecutive year. In addition, it broke the record for the highest one-week gross in Broadway history.

According to Playbill, the show grossed an amazing $2,947,172 during the final full week of 2012, ending on Dec. 30.

In addition, Wicked set the national touring record with a one-week gross of $2,755,070, made during its run in St. Louis that same week. It also set a house record for Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center, grossing $1,585,402 during the week.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Wicked has one of the highest ticket prices on Broadway, charging $300 at the most for a seat during the record-setting week. The average price was $181 during the week.

Still, that was nothing compared to the most expensive tickets during the week. The Book of Mormon’s most expensive tickets reached $477.

According to the Broadway League, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark and The Lion King both grossed around $2.7 million during the week, just behind Wicked. Mormon made $2.2 million.

CNN reports that there are currently seven productions of Wicked around the world right now and it has grossed $2.6 billion.

Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel for the same name, which centers on the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived.

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