Theatergoers have much to look forward to in the coming months as shuttered theaters prepare to launch new productions. Good thing too, this week’s...

Theatergoers have much to look forward to in the coming months as shuttered theaters prepare to launch new productions. Good thing too, this week’s gross for the nineteen productions currently on the Great White Way was down to $15,811,625, a drop from last week’s gross of $16,940,465. However, that’s a sight better than the same week last season when the gross was only $14,286,956. The season’s box office total has racked up $290,882,984 so far, compared to $299,524,632 last season.

Five productions scored a million or better this week in this order: Wicked at the Gershwin, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and West Side Story at the Palace.

Overall attendance figures are a shade below 90 percent this week. Individually, just five productions report audiences of 95 percent or better. The lone special on Broadway, Burn the Floor at the Longacre, reported the smallest audiences at 69 percent.

As the summer season ended, so ended “9 to 5” at the Marquis which went out on a high note on the September 6. It reported the largest increase of any production in dollar figures over the previous week of $110,347 and attendance too, 23 percent over the previous week.

The play God of Carnage returned to the stage on September 8 after a brief vacation. A few new productions that will be opening soon include Hamlet with Jude Law, which opens September 12 at the Broadhurst. A Steady Rain with Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig at the Schoenfeld will open to previews September 10 with Opening Night scheduled for September 29. It will run through December 6, 2009.

Please note: Beginning with the week ending May 31, 2009, “Gross” represents Gross Gross and “Attendance” represents Total Attendance. For every week prior to May 31, these numbers represent Net Gross and Paid Attendance respectively. The Broadway League took this into account when comparing this season’s figures to the previous season’s and made adjustments accordingly.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending September 6, 2009
All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending September 6, 2009

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
9 to 5
(Marquis)
$689,795 10,763 0 8 1,611 $64.09 83.5%
Avenue Q
(Golden)
$498,339 6,126 0 8 796 $81.35 96.2%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,422,285 11,369 0 8 1,421 $125.10 100.0%
Burn the Floor
(Longacre)
$387,903 5,823 0 8 1,051 $66.62 69.3%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$650,132 7,899 0 8 1,080 $82.31 91.4%
Hair
(Hirschfeld)
$952,208 10,645 0 8 1,412 $89.45 94.2%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$777,025 8,592 0 8 1,365 $90.44 78.7%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,129,108 9,899 0 8 1,222 $114.06 101.3%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$967,078 11,196 0 8 1,498 $86.38 93.4%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$797,738 10,769 0 8 1,797 $74.08 74.9%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$459,872 5,813 0 8 772 $79.11 94.1%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$639,393 7,667 0 8 997 $83.40 96.1%
Shrek
(Broadway)
$794,041 11,348 0 8 1,733 $69.97 81.9%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$765,124 7,411 0 8 1,041 $103.24 89.0%
The 39 Steps
(Hayes)
$267,933 3,767 0 8 589 $71.13 79.9%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,239,731 11,626 0 8 1,654 $106.63 87.9%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$814,467 10,432 0 8 1,615 $78.07 80.7%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$1,009,517 10,852 0 8 1,697 $93.03 79.9%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,549,937 14,364 0 8 1,809 $107.90 99.3%