'Lion King,' 'Spider-Man' score big at box office

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Posted: Nov 28, 2011 4:03 PM
'Lion King,' 'Spider-Man' score big at box office

At least two Broadway shows are giving thanks this week for a record-breaking holiday at the box office.

The Broadway League said Monday that "The Lion King" and "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" each broke the $2 million mark over their eight Thanksgiving week shows ending Sunday. Those are new records for both.

"The Lion King" earned $2,079,616 _ a jump of $547,000 over last week _ while the once-mocked "Spider-Man" made $2,070,195 over a week in which it celebrated ending its first year. Both shows were directed by Julie Taymor, though she is now suing the "Spider-Man" producers over payment.

The perennial No. 1 show, "Wicked," beat both shows with $2,205,025, seeing a jump of $669,537 over last week's take. That witchy show is no stranger to breaking the $2 million-mark.

Disney's "The Lion King" showed its staying power, reaching the highest single week gross in the show's 14-year run. The previous record was set in January when it grossed $1,993,370.

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Other shows that got a boost were "Mary Poppins" with $1,236,000, a jump of more than $557,000; "How to Succeed in Business" with $1,272,000, a $370,000 increase; and "War Horse" with $1,036,155, a bump of $61,500.