Despite a seemingly never-ending run of bad publicity, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark became the highest-grossing show on Broadway last week. The production, which features music by U2's Bono and the Edge, outgrossed the blockbuster musical Wicked by a tiny margin: $58.
That may seem like an almost negligible difference, but it should be noted that while Wicked was playing to sold-out shows in a smaller venue at full price for an average ticket price of $109.76, Spider-Man's grosses were diminished somewhat by slightly lower average ticket price of $102.86 and several discount and complimentary tickets.
This is good news for the production, which has come under harsh criticism for its poor safety record, numerous delays and sky-high budget. The musical, which is still being tinkered with by director Julie Taymor, Bono and the Edge while in previews, is scheduled to officially open on February 7th.