Broadway maintained its summer heat this past week, with total box office receipts of $20,412,789, a tad less than last week’s $20,962,855. Both weeks outshined the same week last year of just $19,662,121, even with Young Frankenstein at the Hilton not reporting their numbers.
Best performance in dollar figures was seen for 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 In the Heights at the Richard Rodgers in that order. Looking at the eight plays on Broadway, August: Osage County at the Music Box presented the best numbers, followed by Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre and The Country Girl at the Jacobs Theatre.
The biggest gain in ticket sales and attendance was seen for Sunday in the Park with George at Studio 54 in its last week of performances. Passing Strange at the Belasco Theatre saw the biggest drop in sales, not counting the final week’s receipts of Curtains and Top Girls.
Once again, ten productions posted houses at 95 percent capacity or better. The Country Girl posted 51 percent, the lowest reported attendance.
“Best Bargain” based on the lowest Average Paid Admission this week is the play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the American Airlines Theatre. Highest Average Paid Admission was Jersey Boys at $116, also posting the Top Ticket price of $350.
Audiences at Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy at the Broadway Theater enjoyed Opening Night June 26. The technologically dazzling production wowed audiences in the second week of its 10-week engagement.
Saying their goodbyes to audiences this past week were Curtains at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Sunday in the Park with George and Top Girls at the Biltmore. As those shows closing look for Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths (known for the “Harry Potter” films) to appear in a revival of “Equus” at the Broadhurst Theatre beginning Sept. 5.
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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|A Catered Affair
|A Chorus Line
|August: Osage County
|In the Heights
|Les Liaisons Dangereuses
|The 39 Steps
|The Country Girl
|The Lion King
|The Little Mermaid
|The Phantom of the Opera
All data provided by The Broadway League
Last Updated on July 2, 2008 by By Carol-Ann Rudy