July 11, 2017
"Wicked" Surpasses "Phantom" at Broadway Box Office with $1.12 Billion in Green!
"Wicked," the Broadway musical pop culture phenom based on the backstory of the witches of Oz, has just passed "Phantom of the Opera," (the longest running show in Broadway history), in ticket sales!
The worldwide hit, which debuted on Broadway in 2003, just reached $1.12 billion in Broadway ticket sales, surpassing "Phantom" (which debuted 30 years ago on Broadway!), which has $1.11 billion currently on the books.
Yes, "Wicked" reached the $1 billion mark faster than any other Broadway show in history but it also benefited from more "modern" premium ticket pricing than did "Phantom" when it first arrived. However, there is no mistaking that this show is a phenom!
Although "Wicked" certainly has made a lot of green, it hasn't quite put a spell on the huge roar that Disney's "The Lion King: the musical" has made. The "King" still sits high on pride rock with $1.38 billion in Broadway ticket sales.
With a film adaptation currently in the works at Universal, expect these two witches to conquer the film box office in 2019!