October 27, 2010 06:02:56 GMT
The Broadway production took in the cash just after seven preview performances kicked off on October 19.
Al Pacino's new Broadway production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" is already earning $1 million (GBP666,670) a week in box office takings. The Oscar winner kicked off the New York revival of the classic play at the Broadhurst Theatre last week on October 19, and the money is already rolling in after just seven preview performances - with thousands snapping up tickets costing up to $140 (GBP93) each.
The production notched up first week takings of $1,060,015 (GBP706,680), unprecedented figures for a non-musical, reports Daily Variety.
It's not the first time Pacino has played Shakespeare's Shylock in New York - he headlined a successful open air run in Central Park last summer.