Broadway remains wrapped in winter’s chill this past week, as the box office totals were down from $17,589,760, posting just $14,269,366 this week. That still compares favorably with the same period last year when box office for the same week was only $13,904,723. Comparing the season to date, ticket sales are still ahead this year at $692,232,042 to just $689,573,207 last year.
Attendance was almost 77 percent this week with A Little Night Music at the Kerr Theatre posting the highest at nearly 100 percent. Twenty out of the 23 productions on the Great White Way lost audience share, five of which were plays. However, total attendance for this season so far is 7.9 million, down from the same time last year of 8.2 million.
Million-dollar productions this week are reduced to this short list:
The Top Ticket of $350 remains firmly with “A Little Night Music” and “Jersey Boys.” The Best Buy ticket can be found at the ticket window for Present Laughter at the American Airlines Theatre, $45.16.
This Thursday, January 28, the play Time Stands Still opens at the Friedman.
“Red” by John Logan may be coming to Broadway this spring, according to Michael Riedel of The New York Post. The play tells the story of 20th century painter Mark Rothko and his ultimate downfall.
On January 26, Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic achieved the status as the most successful and highest-grossing musical of all time. The musical has made over $750 million in its 22 years.
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 January 24, 2010
All data provided by The Broadway League
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
|Weekly Gross||Total Atten.||Prev.||Perf.||Total Capacity||Avg. Ticket Price||Atten. %|
|A Little Night Music
|Bye Bye Birdie
|God of Carnage
|In the Heights
|Next to Normal
|Rock of Ages
|The Lion King
|The Phantom of the Opera
|Time Stands Still
|West Side Story