Broadway has a new king. 

 

Hugh Jackman, the triple-threat performer of stage, musical theater and film, closed out his 10-week run on Broadway Jan. 1, leaving a string of broken records in his wake. His one-man show "Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway" was a massive success, earning a stunning $14,638,428 over the course of its run. The last week alone brought in a record $2,057,354. 

 

According to the AP, Jackman's show averaged $1.5 million weekly, besting totals posted by much larger Broadway shows like “Jersey Boys,” “Mama Mia!,” “How to Succeed in Business,” “Anything Goes” and “Follies.” He now owns 10 of the 11 top-grossing weeks at the Broadhurst Theater. 

 
As we've been following here on MNN, the other story revolving around the 43-year-old's return to the stage has been his record-breaking fundraising for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. After each performance, Jackman would return to the stage to auction off everything from his sweaty T-shirts to meet-and-greets backstage. Some of the items went for as much as $30,000 each.
 
In total, he raised nearly $1.8 million for charity.  
 
Producer Robert Fox told the AP that Jackman's numbers “not only confirm him as one of the most bankable stars in Broadway’s history but also as a fundraiser.” 
 
Despite the show's end, don't expect Hugh to give up the singing just yet. The actor is scheduled to begin rehearsals for a big-screen adaptation of the classic musical "Les Misérables" at the end of this month. The film, which also stars Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, is expected to be released Dec. 7, 2012. 

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