To Kill a Mockingbird Just Became Broadway’s Highest-Grossing American Play Ever

Slaven Vlasic, Getty Images
Slaven Vlasic, Getty Images

To Kill a Mockingbird has proven a hit not just on literary bestseller lists, but on Broadway, too. The new Aaron Sorkin stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic just broke the record for the highest-grossing single week of an American play on Broadway, according to Variety.

During the week of December 30, To Kill a Mockingbird pulled in $1.702 million. The previous record holder, All the Way (featuring Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Johnson) grossed $1.623 million in the week of June 22, 2014.

The first performances of the play opened on November 1, but the record-breaking week of December 30 marked only its second week of full performances. Its cast has played for a packed house at each show, and has earned some great reviews.

While Broadway musicals like Frozen and The Lion King tend to bring in more money, it’s rare for a non-musical play to earn such big sales. The overall highest-grossing week in history for any non-musical on Broadway belongs to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a UK production that, unlike To Kill a Mockingbird, features big special effects and plays in larger theaters, Variety notes. It made $2.3 million over Thanksgiving.

To Kill a Mockingbird currently has no end date, so you still have time to catch a performance. Jeff Daniels, who is playing Atticus Finch, has signed on for at least a year, so now is the time.

[h/t Variety]

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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