Broadway closed out the week ending February 7 with $12,878,030 in ticket sales, down from the last week’s total of $13,619,685 and the same week last season of $13,498,190. Overall, the season still outstrips last season: $718,729,757 to $716,104,570. With only 17 productions – five plays and 12 musicals – the Broadway box office continues to try to put up a good defense against the winter doldrums.
Only two productions, Wicked at the Gershwin and Billy Elliot at the Imperial posted more than a million dollars in ticket sales. They were followed closely by Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and The Lion King at the Minskoff, each of which posted totals well past the $900,000 mark. Of the plays, A View from the Bridge at the Cort posted the best returns at $802,066.
Looking at attendance, 160,482 hardy theatergoers braved the weather to attend productions. That equals 73.15 percent of capacity. Only “The Lion King” enjoyed an increase in attendance, up 8.9 percent. The musical Fela! at the O’Neill lost the largest audience share, dropping 14.7 percent from last week, followed by the play God of Carnage at the Jacobs with a 12.1 percent drop.
For February 10 only, $40 tickets will be available for “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre for the 2:00 p.m. matinees and 8:00 p.m. performances to acknowledge the citywide closings of NYC public and private schools. According to Broadwayworld.com, up to four discounted tickets will be available for purchase with valid student I.D. The offer is not valid for previously purchased tickets.
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.
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 Phantom of the Opera
|Time Stands Still
|West Side Story