The magic of Harry Potter of continues. The franchise has not only been charmed with a rabid following through its books and movies, but now also through its theatrical incarnation. The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has set a Broadway record while still only in previews.
Box office receipts as charted by Broadway World show that Cursed Child raked in nearly $2.14 million in gross ticket sales for the week ending April 8, the highest weekly gross for a non-musical play. It beats the record previously held by Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way, which grossed $1.62 million in June 2014.
By comparison, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America saw $981,172 in box office sales this week.
Now, in terms of musicals, Frozen and Hamilton continue to dance to their own massively successful beats. The Disney musical brought in $2.28 million for the week, while Lin-Manuel Miranda’s juggernaut Hamilton brought in $3.14 million, surprising no one in the history of anything, ever.
Cursed Child, which is based on a short story by J.K. Rowling that focuses on Harry’s and Ginny’s son Albus Potter, was a huge hit in London’s West End, winning nine Olivier Awards last year. The play was written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany.
Cursed Child officially opens on Broadway on April 22.