“The Lion King” has something of a size advantage; the show is held in a bigger theater. Plus, anyone who has tried to score a ticket to the most expensive puppet show since ever knows the average price for a seat is $155.09, whereas a “Phantom” ticket costs $98.97.
Still, how impressive is this? Extra-impressive, considering “Phantom” opened in January 1988 and “The Lion King” didn’t make its Broadway debut until November 1997. No need to feel too sad for the half-masked opera man, though: “Phantom” is in its 24th year and is still the longest-running show in Broadway history, having sold 4.8 million more tickets than “The Lion King.” “Phantom” also still boasts higher worldwide gross than “The Lion King,” $5.6 billion to $4.8 billion.