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

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Catered Affair
4,0518$60.37A Chorus Line
6,3658$68.87August: Osage County
(Music Box)
6,6718$78.19Avenue Q
(St. James)
(Neil Simon)
9,8818$66.19In the Heights
10,6118$89.00Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
9,8478$114.07Legally Blonde
11,3238$68.26Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
12,1058$81.19Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
4,2128$60.84Passing Strange
6,6518$61.83South Pacific
8,5368$67.95Spring Awakening
6,5298$63.77The 39 Steps
4,8788$51.77The Country Girl
5,3508$64.84The Lion King
13,2348$99.13The Little Mermaid
11,7578$93.47The Phantom of the Opera
4,3908$61.57[title of show]