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Highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time

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Audiences are used to hearing about the millions movies make at the box office each weekend — and there are some blockbuster Broadway shows bringing in some big bucks too.

Among the five highest-grossing Broadways shows of all time is a production that was adapted into a 2008 movieMamma Mia! Debuting in 2001, the show, which officially closed in Sept. 2015, showcased the unforgettable pop songs of ABBA. The musical had over 5,700 performances worldwide and grossed just under $625 million.

The ever-popular Phantom of the Opera first hit the stage in 1988 and has been performed more than 12,000 times, making the musical opera not only one of the highest grossing Broadway shows of all time, with more than a billion dollars to date, but also the longest-running production on the Great White Way.

The Lion King, however, takes the lion’s share and is the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time. It’s the third-longest running show on Broadway and has had over 8,100 performances on stage en route to racking up a whopping $1.4 billion.

See which other popular shows have dazzled audiences to make the list of five highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time in the video above, courtesy of Coinage, Time Inc.’s personal finance video company.