U2's Spiderman Becomes Box Office Hit

U2's Spiderman musical has become a surprise success after its first week on Broadway, taking over $1.7 million despite poor reviews and production set backs.

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The critically-panned Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark' musical written by U2's Bono and The Edge has managed to pull in the crowds and become a box-office smash in its first week.

Despite several delays, the show has earned over $1.7 million in ticket sales since finally opening on June 14th, placing it as the third most popular musical on Broadway after Wicked and The Lion King.

It is a promising start, but it will take some time before the $75 million cost from the 9-year production and development cycle is paid off.

Aside from receiving a tough time from theater critics, the show has seen several other setbacks, including injuries to cast members, with Spiderman's harness failing during a preview sending the actor 20ft to the ground. Even the original director, Julie Taymor, chose to step down ahead of the original launch in March. She is now battling for her share of royalties.

The show might not be going down well with journalists, but co-producer Jeremiah Harris see things a different way. He says that if thousands of young people enjoy the production, "we will have accomplished something that has rarely been done on Broadway and will help create an audience for generations to come."

Thanks to Gigwise, NME and Crains for the report.

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    1) The start may be good but I have a feeling they won't earn their production cost back very easily. 2) This article reminded me of how kickass the Lion King was.
    People only went to see if it really was as bad as they say. That won't last and the hype will die down way before they even come close to recouping the money spent.
    Well, it's Spiderman practically by way of U2; two things people are generally extremely familiar with. People like what they're used to, and they like what you give them. Here, you've given them a combination of two things they're very used to. Let any show that's done fairly professionally go on long enough, and it's likely to succeed, but especially when there's familiarity involved.
    I saw it. It was good. Critics clearly know nothing about the comics. That's why Sony is being stupid and rebooting the series of movies already (that and because Raimi didn't want to write the scripts like they wanted him to.. good for him. Evil Dead 4 soon, hopefully!) and not to mention U2 CAN make some quality stuff. Too bad this was the first quality bit of music they've made since Pop. Quitcha bitchin'.