The once-derided Spider Man musical is breaking box-office records on Broadway.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark took in nearly $3 million for nine performances last week which made it the highest single-week gross of any show in Broadway history. The figure whopped the prevcious record which was held by Wicked.

The Spider-Man show, which features songs by U2’s Bono and The Edge, has had a turbulent history with injuries to actors, caustic reviews, delays to opening night and a record-breaking preview period. It is also, at $75 million, the costliest ever show to have been staged on Broadway. But now the show’s investors – including the U2 duo - can afford to smile.

"We came into a very difficult situation,” said one of the lead producers, Jeremiah Harris who arrived late to the once troubled production. “We've changed the team. We added players when we needed to. We've moved some players around to different positions. And the success we've had here is the culmination of all those people working hard to get done what we've gotten done.”