There was a welcome bump up in total box office and attendance this week, $15,774,092 compared to last week’s anemic $12,878,030. This beats the numbers for the same week last year of $15,660,734. Even the season as a whole is an improvement going from last year’s $731,765,303 to $734,503,849 this year. Overall, attendance was up to a comfortable 80.4 percent.
One of the most successful shows this past week was A View from the Bridge at the Cort. It was the only production to fill virtually 100 percent of its 1,079 seats. Four shows ranked in the million-dollar club compared to three last week. They were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and West Side Story at the Palace.
Chicago at the Ambassador saw the largest uptick in attendance at 22 percent over the previous reporting period, reaching 77 percent capacity this week.
Previews began this week for The Miracle Worker at Circle in the Square, with its Opening Night scheduled for March 3. Contrary to the theater’s moniker, the play is staged in the round for the first time. It has a sterling cast with Abigail Breslin of “Little Miss Sunshine” in the lead role, Alison Pill as Annie Sullivan, supported by Matthew Modine, Jennifer Morris and Elizabeth Franz.
Elton John and David Furnish are backing the play “Next Fall” which begins previews at the Helen Hayes on February 16th. Opening Night is scheduled for March 11th. It is a window on a gay couple’s five-year relationship.
The Best Buy ticket this past week as suggested by the lowest Average Admission belongs to Present Laughter playing at the American Airlines Theatre, $55.63. The Top Ticket ranking belongs to two productions, A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson.
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 February 14, 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
|God of Carnage
|In the Heights
|Next to Normal
|Rock of Ages
|The Lion King
|The Miracle Worker
|The Phantom of the Opera
|Time Stands Still
|West Side Story