The Harry Potter franchise made Broadway magic, and a lot of money, this year. The Wrap reports that the Tony-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play by Jack Thorne that serves as a sequel to J.K. Rowling's bestselling series of novels, is now the highest-grossing non-musical production in Broadway history, a feat it achieved in less than a year.
Cursed Child, the story of an adult Harry Potter and his son Albus Severus, arrived in previews on Broadway in March after a successful run in London's West End, and held its official Broadway premiere at the Lyric Theater on April 22. As of last weekend the play has earned nearly $75.8 million at the box office. The previous non-musical record holder, War Horse, took almost two years to hit the $75 million mark.
That means the production has been raking in about $2 million per week since it arrived on Broadway, but as The Wrap points out, it does have a couple of advantage when it comes to earning. For one thing, it's the sequel to one of the most popular fantasy franchises of all time on both page and screen, and the massive demand for tickets means that Cursed Child is staged in a theater larger than what some other plays would be expected to fill. For another, the two-part story is staged over two nights, which means every attendee has to essentially purchase two tickets.
Still, even with those conditions in place, it's an impressive feat for Cursed Child, raking in huge numbers in a field in which the general public is usually much more fascinated with musicals. The play has also fared well on the awards circuit, earning six Tony Awards over the summer and a record nine Olivier Awards last year. All of this means that more productions across the U.S. are likely, so if you can't make it to Broadway, there's a good chance Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will one day come to you.