October 16, 2007 Alfred Branch Jr.
Although “Young Frankenstein” producers Mel Brooks and Robert F.X. Sillerman have decided not to report sales figures for their new, big-budget musical, a combination of digging and number-crunching by Variety yielded an estimated box office tally of about $875,000.
That’s net gross for an abbreviated week of four previews. The monster sum lands “Frankenstein” in the No. 6 spot in the top 10, and pushes the show’s average ticket price up to about $205. (A cluster of “Frank” seats carry a premier pricetag of $450, while another chunk sell for $375.)
“Frankenstein” makes the tally for the other new entry of the week — the Kevin Kline-Jennifer Garner starrer “Cyrano de Bergerac” ($344,031 for three previews) — look like small change, even though that production’s inaugural outing broke the first-night record at the Richard Rodgers Theater.