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Broadway Grosses: The Book of Mormon Sets House Record; 11 Shows Top $1 Million


Broadway producers know that when the Easter Bunny arrives in Manhattan, healthy box offices will follow. Thatís certainly the case for the week ending April 24, which saw 11 of 38 shows top $1 million in grosses, with five more above $900,000. Although it missed the frontrunnersí list, The Book of Mormon, which is playing in a smaller house than most other musicals, set a record at the Eugene OíNeill Theatre by raking in $1,014,228. Meanwhile, The Lion King came within $100,000 of hitting $2 million. Two shows played their final performances on Easter Sunday, American Idiot (which went out with a spot on the frontrunnersí list) and High.

Here is a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending April 24:

1. The Lion King ($1,911,078)
2. Wicked ($1,843,855)
3. Mary Poppins ($1,452,298)
4. American Idiot ($1,355,740)
5. The Phantom of the Opera ($1,325,964)

5. The People in the Picture ($233,227)*
4. Lombardi ($214,627)
3. Born Yesterday ($212,159)**
2. The Normal Heart ($130,853)*
1. High ($106,023)***

1. The Book of Mormon (102.44%)
2. Mamma Mia (101.84%)
3. Chicago (101.70%)
4. The Phantom of the Opera (101.08%)
5. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (99.71%)

UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. High (69.73%)**
4. That Championship Season (66.89%)
3. Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (59.15%)
2. Lombardi (57.28%)
1. Arcadia (51.74%)

*Number based on eight preview performances.
**Number based on seven preview and one regular performance.
***Number based on one preview and seven regular performances.
Data provided by the Broadway League.


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