What’s hot this week on Broadway

When will "The Lion King" make way for a new heir to the Broadway best-seller throne? Credit: Joan Marcus
When will “The Lion King” make way for a new heir to the Broadway best-seller throne?
Credit: Joan Marcus

You may be hearing a lot of buzz about the biggest hits on Broadway — but you might be surprised to learn that new favorites like “Book of Mormon” and “Kinky Boots” aren’t the ones that are actually bringing in the biggest bankrolls. In fact, it’s an old tried-and-true movie reincarnation that’s still captivating audiences: “The Lion King.”

With plenty of new kid-friendly shows opening (“Annie,” “Cinderella,” “Matilda”) it may be no surprise that a family-oriented musical has been the top seller almost consistently for 10 years. But as we learned from “The Circle of Life,” all things must come to an end.

What are a few rising Broadway blockbusters that might overthrow the Disney dynasty?

Let’s have a look at the numbers from the past two weeks:

Current week:
1. ‘The Lion King’ $2,155,758
2. ‘Wicked’ - $2,088,425
3. The Book of Mormon’$1,738,664
4. ‘Kinky Boots’ – $1,612,845
5. Motown: The Musical’$1,483,470

Last week:
1. ‘The Lion King’ $2,316,189
2. ‘Wicked’ - $1,907,228
3. ‘The Book of Mormon’ - $1,749,550
4.Kinky Boots’ – $1,604,272
5. ‘Motown: The Musical’ - $1,478,595

According to these numbers, the only show with growth in the past week was, indeed, “The Lion King,” with less than 1% increase in ticket sales. All the other top shows either stayed the same or showed slight decreases in ticket sale growth. “The Lion King” . Five years ago, to the week, “The Lion King” came in second to “Wicked,” which grossed $1,522,686. However, 10 years ago this week, it was the same king of the jungle, (followed by another longtime earner that’s still onstage running strong, “Mamma Mia!”) earning $1,123,421 — nearly half of what the show’s bringing in today.

For the record, this week’s lowest-grossing shows were: “Soul Doctor” ($152,026), “The Assembled Parties” ($361,826), “The Nance” ($363,658), “Let It Be” ($369,391) and “Rock of Ages” ($425,397).

Broadwayworld.com offers plenty more comparative statistics about what’s selling big and petering out, for all you number-crunching, theater-loving nerds out there.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…