Hit musical THE LION KING is continuing its reign over the Broadway box office after banking almost $97 million in ticket sales in 2013.
The stage show, featuring the songs of Sir Elton John and Sir Tim Rice, has been a popular choice among theatregoers ever since it opened in New York in 1997, and 16 years later, it has been crowned the year's highest-grossing production on the Great White Way.
The Lion King, which recently became the first Broadway show to earn $1 billion, pulled in $2.8 million over nine performances in the week leading up to Sunday (29Dec13), setting a new record for the Minskoff Theater, which has staged the show since 2006.
The Book of Mormon, created by South Park cartoonists Trey Parker and Matt Stone, finished the year in second place on the Broadway League group's new poll with $90.4 million .
Other big hits on Broadway in the past 12 months include Kinky Boots, Chicago and Wicked, which became the first Broadway show ever to break the $3 million barrier in a single week by scoring $3.2 million at the box office last week (ends29Dec13).