“Jersey Boys,” the behind-the-music tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has tapered a bit at the box office in recent years – but that could soon change as the upcoming movie’s promotional spotlight boosts the overall brand.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein version of “Cinderella,” updated with a new book, has proven popular with family auds, and producers are hoping for a jolt at the box office with the upcoming cast additions of popster Carly Rae Jepson and TV name Fran Drescher.
Like “Kinky Boots” and “Motown,” “Matilda” opened in the spring and managed to find a solid B.O. foothold in a competitive Broadway environment.
7. The Phantom of the Opera
The longest-running show in Broadway history once again shows jawdropping staying power, regularly seeing weekly sales spike past the $1 million mark when tourists are in town.
“Motown,” one of the bumper crop of strong spring 2013 titles, parlaying its internationally recognized brand and its stellar song catalog into robust Broadway B.O.
5. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
The annual tally for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” only underscores the notable downturn the show’s sales took over the last calendar year, when the 2012 cume came in at $75.8 million.
4. Kinky Boots
The 2013 Tony champ has sashayed its way into the ranks of the Street’s top earners, showing off a remarkable box office muscle that no one would have predicted a year ago.
3. The Book of Mormon
With consistently sky-high demand and the limited ticket supple of a relatively small theater, “The Book of Mormon” benefitted from premium-priced seating to give both “Lion King” and “Wicked” a run for their money.
“Wicked” just fell short of the top spot, after an extraordinary nine years of posting the highest yearly grosses of any show on Broadway.
1. The Lion King
The title of top 2013 earner marks another feather in the cap for “The Lion King,” which has seen both sales and attendance grow in a remarkable wave of resurgence for a 16-year-old musical.