THERE'S FAR TOO MUCH TO TAKE IN HERE, MORE TO FIND THAN CAN EVER BE FOUND: Over the weekend, Disney's The Lion King surpassed Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera to become the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time despite running for almost a decade less time. The reasons? Higher average ticket price ($155.09 vs. $98.97), slightly larger theater—resulting in a $2M v. $1.2M weekly revenue stream.
I saw The Lion King on tour in March 2010, and was wowed. I have never seen Phantom in any format, and am not sure why I have that gap.