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Disney’s The Lion King Ruler of Broadway

Disney Theatrical’s production of “The Lion King” just surpassed “Phantom of the Opera” as the highest grossing show on Broadway. The hit musical based on the animated film, has generated a total of $853.8 million in ticket sales since opening on Broadway in 1997. They’re helped by prices averaging $55 a ticket more than Phantom, but a record is a record, right?

Next up, knocking Phantom off its perch as World Wide box office champ. The masked creature has raked in $5.6 billion world wide. The Lion King has a ways to go at $4.8 billion.