NEW YORK (AP) — Most Broadway shows had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving — box offices jumped more than $6 million from the previous week and several records were broken.
The Broadway League, the national trade association for the Broadway industry, released data Monday that showed most shows roared back from a post-Superstorm Sandy listlessness, pulling in $27,019,880 for the week ending Sunday, far better than the $20,881,272 earned during the seven-day period before.
The perennial No. 1 show, "Wicked," was the biggest winner, generating the highest eight-performance week in Broadway history. It saw its gross rise $692,343 to finish the week at $2,290,819.
"Annie" set a house record at the Palace Theatre, grossing $1,499,197 and slipping past the old record held by the revival of "West Side Story" set in January 2010.
"The Book of Mormon" continued to top itself, earning a whopping $1,801,627 for the week, the 42nd time it has broken its own house record at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.
Disney also had reason to cheer. Its "Newsies" broke the record at the Nederlander Theatre with $1,106,383 and "The Lion King," which just celebrated its 15th year on Broadway, took in $2,125,561, a house record for an eight-show week at the Minskoff Theatre. "The Lion King" posted a massive increase of $723,493, more than several shows made all week.
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