The collective Broadway box office for the week ending July 26 was up about $750,000 compared to last year’s total to reach $19,900,000, according...

The collective Broadway box office for the week ending July 26 was up about $750,000 compared to last year’s total to reach $19,900,000, according to the Broadway League. With only 23 productions on Broadway at the height of the summer, all are faring well. It is worthy of note that eleven productions have grossed over a million dollars for the week, including one play, God of Carnage. That translates to 14 productions achieving 95 percent or better at the box office.

Even the numbers for Burn the Floor at the Longacre in its first week are great; it reported attendance just under 95 percent capacity. The play Mary Stuart at the Broadhurst posted the smallest audiences but still had almost 63 percent attendance. Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam posted the biggest gain over the previous week, about $100,000.

Here’s the lineup of the top million-dollar producers this past week:
Wicked at the Gershwin, $1,632,856
The Lion King at the Minskoff, $1,473,681
Billy Elliott: The Musical at the Imperial, $1,419,708
West Side Story at the Palace, $1,333,851
Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, $1,155,417
Hair at the Hirschfeld, $1,090,918
The Little Mermaid at the Lunt-Fontanne, $1,090,033
Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden, $1,076,030
Shrek at the Broadway, $1,016,309
The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic, $1,014,455
– God of Carnage at the Jacobs, $1,000,098

Taking a break this current week before re-opening September 8 is “God of Carnage.” Closing on Sunday, July 26 was “The Norman Conquests.” Closing on August 30 will be “The Little Mermaid.”

Tragedy struck the pre-Broadway run of the new musical “Catch Me If You Can” at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Teresa Butz, the sister of the star of the production, Norbert Leo Butz, was murdered on July 19.

Of interest to Charles Addams’fans: the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre will be the venue for the new musical The Addams Family, opening in March 2010.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending July 26, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending July 26, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
9 to 5
$694,6508,987081,611$77.29 69.7%
Avenue Q
Billy Elliot
Burn the Floor
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Mary Stuart
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
South Pacific
The 39 Steps
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
The Norman Conquests
(Circle in Square)
The Phantom of the Opera
West Side Story

Last Updated on July 30, 2009 by By Carol-Ann Rudy