Wicked Surpasses The Phantom of the Opera as Second-Highest-Grossing Show in Broadway History | Playbill

Industry News Wicked Surpasses The Phantom of the Opera as Second-Highest-Grossing Show in Broadway History The musical reached $1 billion in March 2016, joining Phantom and The Lion King.
Jennifer DiNoia

After taking in just shy of $2 million in the week ending July 9, Wicked has become the second-highest-grossing show in Broadway history. It assumes the runner-up spot from The Phantom of the Opera, and now trails directly behind The Lion King.

Check out how other shows fared for the week ending July 9.

Since beginning performances at the Gershwin Theatre in October 2003, Wicked has grossed approximately $1.12 billion. The musical reached the 10-figure milestone in March 2016, joining The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. It surpassed $1 billion faster than both of its Billionaire’s Club predecessors.*


The Phantom of the Opera has grossed a total of $1.11 billion on Broadway since beginning its run at the Majestic Theatre in 1988. However, The Lion King reigns over the Broadway box office, coming in at $1.38 billion; it celebrates its 20-year anniversary on Broadway this fall.

While The Lion King and Wicked consistently gross over $1 million week-to-week and assume mainstay positions in the leaderboard, The Phantom of the Opera’s numbers fluctuate throughout the calendar year. As do many shows, the musical faces a dip in the post-holiday winter months, but frequently reaches seven figures in more tourist-friendly periods; the musical, which holds the record as the longest-running production on Broadway, has remained in the $1.1 million margin for the past eight weeks.

Playbill's Tyler Mount and Ruthie Fierberg recently visited the long-running production to learn how to achieve Elphaba's iconic green tone. Take a look at the video below.

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*All data provided by The Broadway League.

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