Broadway's 'Wicked' musical earns record haul

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Associated Press

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 2 at 6:04 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Oz has reclaimed the box office crown on Broadway.

The Broadway League reported Wednesday that the nine-year-old "Wicked" took in a whopping $2,947,172 over nine performances last week, which is the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history.

It squeaked by the old record set by "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which earned $2,941,790 over nine performances last year during the holidays. Back then, the webslinger had swiped the title from "Wicked."

Both shows' haul reflect the use of premium seating, in which producers charge higher prices for certain days and certain seats. But making the "Wicked" feat more impressive is the fact that it is performed at the Gershwin Theatre, has about 100 seats less than the 1,930-seat Foxwoods Theatre, home of the superhero musical.

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