The lion rules in Broadway too! “The Lion King”, the musical, ousted long-standing box-office hit “The Phantom of the Opera” from the top of the list of all-time Broadway box office hits. The musical has been a success since its opening in November 1997. Based on the 1994 animated Disney film of the same name, the plot follows the journey of Simba, who is ousted into the wild by his evil uncle. How Simba overcomes adversity with the help of his jungle friends to reclaim his crown as king of the African wildlife forms the crux of the story. But “Phantom of the Opera” still holds the crown for worldwide box office for a stage musical with global ticket sales of $5.6 billion, ahead of “The Lion King” at $4.8 billion.