Chalk up another few records for “Hamilton,” which grossed a historic $3.3 million over Thanksgiving week.
Until now, “Wicked” held the record for a weekly gross, taking in $3.2 million in 2013. But that was for nine performances, a common practice over holiday weekends. “Hamilton,” the multi-cultural mega-smash about the founding fathers, played just the usual eight.
The latest record, announced by the Broadway League, was set the week after the uproar following Vice President-elect’s visit to the show, when a member of the cast addressed him from the stage and President-elect Donald Trump demanded an apology for what he considered rudeness. The show, which has 11 Tony Awards, has been sold out with record advance sales since it opened in August, 2015. A #boycothamilton campaign on twitter has, thus far, appeared to have had no effect.
The show also had the highest box-office premium ticket price, $998, although unreported resale prices are assumed to have been higher. The musical also set a record for its $303 average paid admission. Grosses for the next-highest shows were $2.49 million for “The Lion King,” $2.28 million for “Wicked” and $2.04 million for “Aladdin.”
Meanwhile, Lionsgate has partnered best-selling author Pat Rothfuss with composer and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda for an ambitious TV and film adaptation of the fantasy trilogy “The Kingkiller Chronicles,” The Associated Press reports. The film studio said Tuesday it will develop and produce the feature film franchise, as well as a TV drama series that expands on the world outside of Rothfuss’ books. There also is an option for a stage adaptation. Miranda will serve as producer of the franchise and will compose original music, as well as write the songs.