Confetti drops over the crowd as the clock strikes midnight during the New Year's celebration in Times Square as seen from the Marriott Marquis in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Box office records break as Broadway says goodbye to 2018

January 02, 2019 - 5:25 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway producers had plenty of reasons to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down: Many shows recording their most profitable weeks despite some eye-popping ticket prices.

Eight shows last week earned more than $2 million for the week ending Dec. 30, led by "Hamilton," ''The Lion King" and "Wicked," according to the Broadway League, a national trade association for the industry.

"Hamilton" crossed the $4 million mark for the week, with an average ticket costing $375.39. The two-part "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" set a new Broadway record for weekly ticket sales for a play, reporting a gross of over $2.5 million for eight shows.

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