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British transfers including Harry Potter help Broadway box office hit record high

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at New York’s Lyric Theatre. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Box office income on Broadway hit a record high last week, boosted by British transfers including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

During the final week of 2018, which ended on December 30, shows on Broadway took $57.8 million and had a record attendance of 378,910.

The figures were boosted by British transfers including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which had an all-time high box office income of $2.5 million, breaking its own record as Broadway’s highest-grossing play.

Network, starring Bryan Cranston, and Jez Butterworth’s The Ferryman also had record takings, with ticket sales of $1.4 million and $1 million respectively.

The statistics were published by New York’s Broadway League, the trade association for Broadway Theatres.

They also revealed that Hamilton became the first show in history to take more than $4 million in a week.

Meanwhile, To Kill a Mockingbird had the highest box-office income for an American play in Broadway’s history, taking $1.7 million.

Broadway League president Charlotte St Martin said: “Broadway has clearly been connecting with audiences. There’s such a wide variety of shows including family friendly productions, exciting revivals and imaginative new works.

“It’s very encouraging to head into the second part of the Broadway season with these record-breaking numbers knowing that there’s even more great entertainment to come.”