Box office totals this past week for the 25 productions on Broadway continued to outshine the same week last year bringing in $17,160,612, compared...

Box office totals this past week for the 25 productions on Broadway continued to outshine the same week last year bringing in $17,160,612, compared to last season’s $16,323,214. The total was a slight drop from the previous week’s sales of $17,344,648. Overall, this season’s total of $262,039,164 is ahead of last season’s numbers total of $261,846,697 at the same time last year. As usual, Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre is not reporting its numbers and is not included in these figures.

This week’s top moneymakers 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 Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden, all taking in more than a million in sales. Looking at the remaining three plays on Broadway, August: Osage County at the Music Box presented the best numbers, followed by Boeing-Boeing at the Longacre and The 39 Steps at the Cort.

Comparing the numbers to the previous reporting period, Rent at the Nederlander made the biggest gain in dollars, over $163,000 with close to a 12 percent increase in attendance. Monty Python’s Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre enjoyed almost a 15 percent jump in attendance, with the second-highest dollar increase, $127,000. Showing the only real drop in attendance was Hairspray and that was by less than 3 percent.

“Jersey Boys” continues to sell the highest Average Paid Admission, $115, and the Top Ticket, $350. [title of show] is still the Best Bargain on Broadway at $45.

At about 75 percent of its seating capacity, A Tale of Two Cities, in previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, posted a gross of $412,356, about half its potential of $832,230.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending August 31, 2008
All data provided by The Broadway League

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Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending August 31, 2008

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Tale…Cities
(Hirschfeld)
$412,356 7,154 7 0 1,420 $57.64 72.0%
August: Osage County
(Music Box)
$551,684 6,593 0 8 979 $83.68 84.2%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$357,071 5,321 0 8 796 $67.11 83.6%
Boeing-Boeing
(Longacre)
$463,525 7,072 0 8 1,077 $65.54 82.1%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$604,214 8,068 0 8 1,080 $74.89 93.4%
Grease
(Atkinson)
$570,245 6,955 0 7 1,072 $81.99 92.7%
Gypsy
(St. James)
$757,129 10,406 0 8 1,707 $72.76 76.2%
Hairspray
(Neil Simon)
$595,597 8,963 0 8 1,428 $66.45 78.5%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$976,120 10,011 0 8 1,344 $97.50 93.1%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,135,723 9,853 0 8 1,222 $115.27 100.8%
Legally Blonde
(Palace)
$726,423 10,344 0 8 1,691 $70.23 76.5%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$1,057,007 12,188 0 8 1,498 $86.73 101.7%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$939,868 13,392 0 8 1,797 $70.18 93.2%
Rent
(Nederlander)
$796,662 9,523 0 8 1,181 $83.66 100.8%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$922,096 8,327 0 8 1,041 $110.74 100.0%
Spamalot
(Shubert)
$642,920 9,504 0 8 1,441 $67.65 82.4%
Spring Awakening
(O’Neill)
$427,469 6,162 0 8 1,090 $69.37 70.7%
The 39 Steps
(Cort)
$293,113 5,288 0 8 787 $55.43 84.0%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,322,667 13,235 0 8 1,654 $99.94 100.0%
The Little Mermaid
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,083,065 12,134 0 8 1,518 $89.26 99.9%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$483,917 6,198 0 4 1,617 $78.08 95.8%
[title of show]
(Lyceum)
$164,458 3,650 0 8 922 $45.06 49.5%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,521,795 14,472 0 8 1,809 $105.15 100.0%
Xanadu
(Hayes)
$355,487 4,226 0 8 596 $84.12 88.6%