List of highest-grossing musical theatre productions

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The following is a list of highest-grossing musical theatre productions of all time, the highest-grossing musical theatre franchises, and the highest theatre admissions at the box office.

Highest-grossing musical theatre productions[edit]

The following is a list of the top 25 highest-grossing Broadway musicals since 1982, based on data collected by the Broadway League. These grosses do not take into account the effects of inflation and as such the list is heavily skewed in favor of more recent Broadway shows. Moreover, the Broadway League did not begin collecting gross data until June 1984.[1] Hence, accurate pre-1984 gross data is not available and this list should not be considered accurate for musicals that premiered on Broadway before that year.

The Lion King sits at the top, with a Broadway gross of $1.9 billion.

Dates refer to original Broadway productions, with notes added for future productions that outran the Broadway run.

  † Background shading indicates shows running in the week commencing 17 May 2024 in Broadway theatres.
Broadway revenue (since 1982)
Rank Musical Original production Revivals Number of performances Gross revenue (US$) Ref.
Debut year Closing year No. of performances
1 The Lion King 1997 Present 10,360 TBD $1,957,380,113[2] [3]
2 Wicked 2003 Present 7,888 TBD $1,616,910,066 [4]
3 The Phantom of the Opera 1988 2023 13,981 13,981 $1,364,632,622 [5]
4 Hamilton 2015 Present 2,965 TBD $931,943,538 [6]
5 The Book of Mormon 2011 Present 4,751 TBD $790,759,154 [7]
6 Chicago 1975 1977 10,737 1996–Present TBD $773,932,786[8] [9]
7 Aladdin 2014 Present 3,522 TBD $635,694,612 [10]
8 Mamma Mia! 2001 2015 5,758 5,758 $624,391,693 [11]
9 Jersey Boys 2005 2017 4,642 4,462 $558,416,092 [12]
10 Les Misérables 1987 2003 6,680 2006; 2014–2016 8,167 $514,794,489 [a]
11 Cats 1982 2000 7,485 2016–2017 8,078 $453,624,091[b] [c]
12 Beauty and the Beast 1994 2007 5,461 5,461 $429,158,458 [17]
13 Miss Saigon 1991 2001 4,092 2017 4,475 $322,103,948 [18]
14 Kinky Boots 2013 2019 2,505 2,505 $318,990,092 [19]
15 Mary Poppins 2006 2013 2,619 2,619 $294,558,648 [20]
16 The Producers 2001 2007 2,502 2,502 $288,361,724 [9]
17 Rent 1996 2008 5,123 5,123 $274,248,128
18 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical 2014 2019 2,418 2,418 $270,623,922[21]
19 Dear Evan Hansen 2016 2022 1,669 1,669 $270,272,357
20 Hairspray 2002 2009 2,642 2,642 $252,181,270
21 Moulin Rouge! The Musical 2019 Present 1,289 TBD $242,301,534[22]
22 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark 2011 2014 1,066 1,066 $212,406,040 [9]
23 The Music Man 1957 1961 1,375 2000-2001; 2021-2023 2,447 $206,161,177[23]
24 Matilda the Musical 2013 20175 1,554 1,554 $198,165,852
25 MJ the Musical 2022 Present 949 TBD $193,046,377[24]

Highest-grossing musical theatre franchises[edit]

The following is a list of the top 10 highest-grossing musical theatre franchises worldwide based on limited available data. The following figures include revenue grossed from ticket sales in theatres across the world.[25][26]

Note that the following gross figures are nominal, not adjusted for inflation, and do not take into account rising ticket prices. As such, the list gives far more weight to more recent musicals.

The Lion King sits at the top, with a gross of $8.2 billion worldwide.

Worldwide revenue
Rank Musical Debut year Gross revenue (US$) Ref.
1 The Lion King 1997 $8,251,556,700[d] [e]
2 The Phantom of the Opera 1986 $6,060,000,000[d] [f]
3 Mamma Mia! 1999 $4,000,000,000 [27]
4 Cats 1981 $3,565,624,091[g] [h]
5 Wicked 2003 $3,530,000,000[i] [j]
6 Les Misérables 1980 $2,708,535,588[i] [k]
7 Miss Saigon 1989 $1,636,259,976[i] [l]
8 Jersey Boys 2004 $1,644,848,098[i] [m]
9 Beauty and the Beast 1993 $1,600,000,000[i] [25]
10 Starlight Express 1984 $1,200,000,000[i]

Box office admissions (ticket sales)[edit]

The following is a list of the musical theatre franchises with the highest theatre admissions. The list includes worldwide ticket sales as well as Broadway ticket sales since 1984. Shows must have sold more than 1 million tickets.

The Broadway League did not begin collecting admissions data until June 1984.[1] Hence, pre-1984 Broadway admissions data is not available and the Broadway figures should not be considered accurate for musicals that premiered on Broadway before that year.

  † Background shading indicates shows running in the week commencing 17 May 2024 in Broadway theatres.
Musical Debut year Worldwide ticket sales Broadway ticket sales[30][n]
The Phantom of the Opera 1988 130,000,000[31] 18,000,000
The Lion King 1997 100,000,000[32] 15,000,000
Cats 1982 73,000,000[33] 9,333,667[n]
Les Misérables 1987 70,000,000[34] 10,600,947
Mamma Mia! 2001 65,000,000[35] 7,566,124
Wicked 2003 55,000,000[36] 11,000,000
Beauty and the Beast 1994 35,000,000[37] 7,609,397
Miss Saigon 1991 35,000,000[38] 6,584,913
Chicago 1975 31,000,000[39] 9,000,000[n]
Jersey Boys 2005 25,000,000[40] 5,150,298
Starlight Express 1984 25,000,000[41] 1,153,702

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Les Misérables Broadway revenue:
    • 1987 to 2003 – $406,258,901[13]
    • 2006, 2014 to 2016 – $108,535,588[14]
  2. ^ Accurate pre-1984 grosses not available
  3. ^ Cats Broadway revenue:
    • 1982 to 2000 – estimated at around $388,000,000[15]
    • 2016 to 2017 – $65,624,091[16]
  4. ^ a b Post-December 2017 non-Broadway grosses not included
  5. ^ The Lion King musical theatre revenue:
    • Up until December 2017 – $8.1 billion[26]
    • January 2018 to June 23, 2019 – $151,556,700[3]
  6. ^ The Phantom of the Opera musical theatre revenue:
    • Up until December 18, 2017 – $6 billion[26]
    • December 25, 2017, to January 20, 2019 – $61,015,427[5]
  7. ^ Post-2012 non-Broadway grosses not included
  8. ^ Cats worldwide revenue:
  9. ^ a b c d e f Post-May-2013 non-Broadway grosses not included
  10. ^ Wicked revenue:
    • Up until May 3, 2013 – $3 billion[25]
    • May 6, 2013, to January 20, 2019 – $533,663,507[4]
  11. ^ Les Misérables musical theatre revenue:
    • Up until 2013 – $2.6 billion[25]
    • 2014–2016 – $108,535,588[14]
  12. ^ Miss Saigon revenue:
    • Up until 2013 – $1.6 billion[25]
    • 2017–2018 – $36,259,976[29]
  13. ^ Jersey Boys revenue:
    • Up until May 3, 2013 – $1.5 billion[25]
    • May 6, 2013, to January 2017 – $144,848,098[12]
  14. ^ a b c Pre-1984 admissions not available

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