January 11th, 2011
04:28 PM ET
The New York Times reports that the show "has knocked “Wicked” from its usual perch as the highest-grossing show on Broadway, claiming the top spot for itself last week."
According to the Times, the sales numbers were close. "Spider-Man" reportedly outsold by the slim margin of $58 by grossing $1,588,514 while "Wicked," which is a retelling of the famed "Wizard of Oz" tale, grossed $1,588,456.
The report notes that "Wicked" boasted 100 percent of its audience paying for their tickets with an average paid admission of $109.76 while “Spider-Man” – which has been in its preview period – offered some discount and complimentary tickets with an average paid admission costing $102.86.
There was also some variance in venues.
While both musicals played to full houses last week, "Wicked" had 1,809 seats to sell at the Gershwin Theater while "Spider-Man" sold 1,930 seats at The Foxwoods Theater.
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