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'Spider-man' musical breaks Broadway box office records

"Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" at the Foxwoods Theater. (RJ Mickelson/amNY) Photo Credit: "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" at the Foxwoods Theater. (RJ Mickelson/amNY)

Broadway's Spider-Man musical gained notoriety for its actors breaking body parts during risky, high-flying stunts.

Now, the show is breaking something it can actually brag about: box office records.

The Broadway League said Tuesday that "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" earned more than $2.94 million in nine performances last week, crowning it the highest grosser in Broadway history.

Spidey's amazing feat crushed the previous record held by "Wicked," which grossed $2.2 million for eight shows over a one-week period in January 2011.

The financial success of Spider-Man and several other shows over the holiday week can be attributed in part to theater owners jacking up ticket prices for tourists.

Spider-Man cost $75 million to produce and finally opened in June after several months of previews marred by injured cast members and backstage drama among its creators.


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