With Presidents Day and a slight improvement of the weather, Broadway warmed up this past week with box office returns reaching $17,755,739, much improved...

With Presidents Day and a slight improvement of the weather, Broadway warmed up this past week with box office returns reaching $17,755,739, much improved over the previous reporting period of $15,774,092. Overall, the gross this year as of February 21 is $752,259,588 compared to $748,188,598 at the same point last year.

Once again, there are five productions in the million-dollar winner’s ring: Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and West Side Story at the Palace. Enjoying big bumps in ticket sales were The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic, Hair at the Hirschfeld and South Pacific at the Beaumont.

Another play, Next Fall, opened to previews at the Helen Hayes with Opening Night scheduled for March 11. A special, Looped, opened to previews as well at the Lyceum, with Opening Night scheduled for March 14. That puts the total number of productions at 26 with eight plays, one special and 17 musicals.

Overall attendance is 89.44 percent. Only A Little Night Music at the Kerr posted a decline, 3 percent, but still reached 90 percent capacity in spite of Catherine Zeta-Jones being away on vacation for the week. Dollar-wise, ticket sales dropped by almost 50 percent but will likely pick up again next week with her return.

The play A View from the Bridge at the Cort has had the largest box office of the eight plays at $880,386. Its 1,079-seat theater is comparable to the capacity of three of the other venues featuring plays.

The Top Ticket is posted by “A Little Night Music” and “Jersey Boys” at $350. The Best Buy ticket as expressed by the Average Admission is “Next Fall” at $31.88 followed by The Miracle Worker at the Circle in the Square at $46.08.

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 21, 2010

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending February 21, 2010

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Behanding in Spokane
(Schoenfeld)
$455,335 7,340 8 0 1,071 $62.03 85.7%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$485,701 6,751 0 8 931 $71.94 90.6%
A View…Bridge
(Cort)
$880,386 8,763 0 8 1,079 $100.47 101.5%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,190,501 10,865 0 8 1,421 $109.57 95.6%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$537,616 7,085 0 8 1,080 $75.88 82.0%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$571,753 7,948 0 8 1,030 $71.94 96.5%
God of Carnage
(Jacobs)
$401,766 5,904 0 8 1,078 $68.05 68.5%
Hair
(Hirschfeld)
$699,728 9,443 0 8 1,412 $74.10 83.6%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$728,321 8,845 0 8 1,344 $82.34 82.3%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,145,386 9,865 0 8 1,228 $116.11 100.4%
Looped
(Lyceum)
$94,462 2,190 4 0 916 $43.13 59.8%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$855,846 10,900 0 8 1,498 $78.52 91.0%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$933,852 12,131 0 8 1,797 $76.98 84.4%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$658,350 10,432 0 8 1,470 $63.11 88.7%
Next Fall
(Helen Hayes)
$102,609 3,219 7 0 589 $31.88 78.1%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$353,909 5,690 0 8 772 $62.20 92.1%
Present Laughter
(American Airlines)
$296,348 5,228 0 8 740 $56.68 88.3%
Race
(Barrymore)
$481,692 5,960 0 8 1,058 $80.82 70.4%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$611,565 7,796 0 8 997 $78.45 97.7%
South Pacific
(Beaumont)
$623,420 6,701 0 8 1,041 $93.03 80.5%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,454,918 13,190 0 8 1,654 $110.30 99.7%
The Miracle Worker
(Circle)
$256,258 5,561 8 0 772 $46.08 90.0%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$916,411 11,738 0 8 1,615 $78.07 90.9%
Time Stands Still
(Friedman)
$329,808 5,126 0 8 650 $64.34 98.6%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$1,087,016 13,075 0 8 1,697 $83.14 96.3%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,602,783 14,472 0 8 1,809 $110.75 100.0%