It’s week seven of the new season, and the percent of difference in box office sales between last season and this has closed to...

It’s week seven of the new season, and the percent of difference in box office sales between last season and this has closed to less than two percent. Overall, this past week saw a dip compared to the previous week; $18,434,166 to $18,880,520. The difference was spread over almost all productions with the only gain in attendance seen by In the Heights at the Richard Rodgers, one half percent.

The leaders in box office sales were: Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, The Little Mermaid at the Lunt-Fontanne and Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam. Young Frankenstein at the Hilton continues not reporting revenues. Variety estimates the production made about $40 million in its first season. The biggest increase dollar-wise over the previous reporting period was seen by the production of Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Of the six plays, August: Osage County at the Music Box maintains its lead at $521,624 in box office sales, up almost $12,000 over last reporting period. It is followed by Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre and The Country Girl at the Jacobs.

Eight shows saw better than 95 percent attendance. The Country Girl experienced the biggest drop in attendance, 19 percent, of any production on the Way, followed by Xanadu at the Hayes at just under 18 percent and A Chorus Line at the Schoenfeld, slightly more than 17 percent.

The “Best Bargain” in ticket sales is currently the new production [title of show] at the Lyceum, with the lowest Average Paid Admission of $42.43. The highest in that category continues to be Jersey Boys at $114.07.

This past week saw the show November close after six months at the Barrymore. The week also saw [title of show] at the Lyceum open on the 17th. On Sept. 8, the production “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” a 1975 stageplay by Ntozake Shange, will open at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending July 13, 2008

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Catered Affair
(Kerr)
$244,548 4,051 0 8 933 $60.37 54.3%
A Chorus Line
(Schoenfeld)
$438,336 6,365 0 8 1,069 $68.87 74.4%
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
$521,624 6,671 0 8 979 $78.19 85.2%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$294,265 4,731 0 8 796 $62.20 74.3%
Boeing-Boeing
(Longacre)
$423,121 6,590 0 8 1,077 $64.21 76.5%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$468,099 6,802 0 8 1,080 $68.82 78.7%
Cirque…Fantasy
(Broadway)
$479,811 8,396 0 8 1,742 $57.15 60.2%
Grease
(Atkinson)
$665,196 7,976 0 8 1,072 $83.40 93.0%
Gypsy
(St. James)
$803,712 10,323 0 8 1,707 $77.86 75.6%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$654,010 9,881 0 8 1,428 $66.19 86.5%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$944,333 10,611 0 8 1,344 $89.00 98.7%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,123,234 9,847 0 8 1,222 $114.07 100.7%
Legally Blonde
(Palace)
$772,920 11,323 0 8 1,691 $68.26 83.7%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$982,823 12,105 0 8 1,498 $81.19 101.0%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$848,217 12,164 0 8 1,797 $69.73 84.6%
November
(Barrymore)
$256,268 4,212 0 8 1,058 $60.84 49.8%
Passing Strange
(Belasco)
$184,913 3,056 0 8 998 $60.51 38.3%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$411,223 6,651 0 8 1,181 $61.83 70.4%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$883,096 8,298 0 8 1,041 $106.42 99.6%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$580,037 8,536 0 8 1,441 $67.95 74.0%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$416,344 6,529 0 8 1,090 $63.77 74.9%
The 39 Steps
(Cort)
$252,523 4,878 0 8 787 $51.77 77.5%
The Country Girl
(Jacobs)
$346,891 5,350 0 8 1,078 $64.84 62.0%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,311,869 13,234 0 8 1,654 $99.13 100.0%
The Little Mermaid
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,098,931 11,757 0 8 1,518 $93.47 96.8%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$863,580 12,498 0 8 1,617 $69.10 96.6%
Thurgood
(Booth)
$270,272 4,390 0 8 780 $61.57 70.4%
[title of show]
(Lyceum)
$163,916 3,863 8 0 922 $42.43 52.4%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,513,604 14,472 0 8 1,809 $104.59 100.0%
Xanadu
(Hayes)
$216,449 3,230 0 8 596 $67.01 67.7%

All data provided by The Broadway League