Despite Overwhelmingly Poor Reviews, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark Ticket Sales Rise


Over the last week, a number of  early reviews of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark have surfaced, and the majority have been overwhelmingly negative, with some particularly harsh criticism of the musical’s flimsy plot, and the show’s rock anthem score, composed by Bono and The Edge.

Despite this poor critical reception, the makers of Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark have reported that ticket sales have actually been on the rise since the reviews started to come out.

According to box office figures compiled by, the superhero musical grossed $1.33 million in the past week, giving it a 3% increase in ticket sales over the previous week. The show was the second most-popular on Broadway, trailing only “Wicked” but selling more tickets than the hit shows “The Lion King” and “The Merchant of Venice.”

Directed by Julie Taymor, with music by U2′s Bono and The Edge, Turn Off The Dark is the most expensive production in Broadway history, with a budget of $65 milllion.

The show is set to open to the public on March 15th, after a number of postponements pushed the opening back from its original February 8th date.

To read review of the show, check out The New York Times, The LA Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Washington Post, and New York Magazine.

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