Reworked 'Spider-Man' swings at the box office

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Posted: May 23, 2011 5:04 PM
Reworked 'Spider-Man' swings at the box office

You apparently can't keep Spider-Man down, with or without Julie Taymor.

The Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" came in behind "Wicked" and "The Lion King" last week in its first full week after being reworked following the firing of Tony Award-winning director Taymor.

The comic book musical earned $1,260,794 from eight performances ending Sunday, or $112,000 better than the haul pulled in by "The Book of Mormon," which came in fourth. "Wicked" had $1,696,763, while Taymor's old show "The Lion King" earned $1,649,365.

The numbers for "Spider-Man" aren't too far off the highs it scored after beginning previews late last year, before being overhauled.

Other shows that made more than $1 million included "Jersey Boys," "Billy Elliot," "How to Succeed in Business" and "Priscilla Queen of the Desert."