Ticket sales reached $20,663,375 this past week, about a 15 percent increase over the previous week’s total of $17,947,578 and exceeding the same week...

Ticket sales reached $20,663,375 this past week, about a 15 percent increase over the previous week’s total of $17,947,578 and exceeding the same week of last season of $20,282,317. Overall, the difference between the 2007/2008 season and the current season is now -2 percent, improving from last week’s report of -2.3 percent.

There is only one new production on Broadway, Finian’s Rainbow in previews at the St. James, this week for a total of 29, so that hardly accounts for the difference. Instead, the play A Steady Rain at the Schoenfeld ranked fourth with $1,276,106 in ticket sales and tops in average ticket price of $147, a record for a non-musical. The productions in the million dollar circle were Wicked at the Gershwin, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, The Lion King at the Minskoff, “A Steady Rain”, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, West Side Story at the Palace and Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden. Of those seven, “A Steady Rain” remains the only play.

Mary Poppins at the Amsterdam enjoyed the greatest increase dollar-wise over the previous week with $256,442 followed by “The Lion King” at $251,657. “Mary Poppins” also saw the greatest increase in attendance, 22 percent.

Comparing ticket sales for the two specials, Burn the Floor at the Longacre saw an increase of more than $46,000 and Wishful Drinking at Studio 54 an increase of more than $131,000.

There were a slew of openings the past week: Hamlet playing at the Broadhurst on October 6, The Royal Family at the Friedman on October 8, and Oleanna at the John Golden on October 11. Opening this current week will be Bye Bye Birdie at the Henry Miller.

In previews are:

• Memphis at the Shubert, opening October 19
• After Miss Julie at the American Airlines, opening October 22
• Brighton Beach Memoirs at the Nederlander, opening October 25
• “Finian’s Rainbow,” opening October 29

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 October 11, 2009

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending October 11, 2009

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
A Steady Rain
After Miss Julie
(American Airlines)
Billy Elliot
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Burn the Floor
Bye Bye Birdie
(Henry Miller)
Finian’s Rainbow
(St. James)
God of Carnage
In the Heights
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
Next to Normal
Rock of Ages
South Pacific
Superior Donuts
(Music Box)
The 39 Steps
The Lion King
The Phantom of the Opera
The Royal Family
West Side Story
Wishful Drinking
(Studio 54)