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'The Lion King' is Broadway's top show of all time

'The Lion King' is Broadway's top show of all time

Posted by Liliana Castaño on September 23, 2014

Disney’s “The Lion King” has claimed a new crown: Top box office title in any medium.

The Associated Press did the math and discovered the 17-year-old stage musical, which on Broadway has undergone an extraordinary spurt of B.O. growth in recent years, has logged worldwide sales of more than $6.2 billion, taking the lead from another Broadway longrunner, “The Phantom of the Opera,” which has pulled in $6 billion.

That tally makes “Lion King” more successful than any single movie in history. The top film earner of all time is “Avatar,” weighing in at $2.8 billion.

The Broadway production of “Lion King” accounts for nearly $1.1 billion of the title’s overall cume, with the rest coming from North American tours and international outposts in London, Tokyo and Vegas, among other cities. Overall, “Lion King” has been seen in 22 different productions around the world.

Although “Lion King” has nosed past it at the legit box office, the 26-year-old “Phantom” continues to show stellar endurance. The New York production is the longest runner in Main Stem history, and in many ways the internationally renowned property served as the trailblazer for the global growth of subsequent Broadway musicals that have included “Wicked” and, yes, “Lion King.”

 

Maybe some of their success is due to the recent viral videos of cast members suddenly breaking into song.

 

 

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