Box office bounced back this past week to $21,958,009 from $20,741,221 the previous week. Gross ticket sales at the end of the third week of the new season totaled $65,019,763 compared to $61,510,369 at the end of the same week last season, up 5.7 percent.
Seven productions posted a million-plus in ticket sales: Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Billy Elliot at the Imperial, Promises, Promises at the Broadway, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson and Fences at the Cort. “Fences,” the only play among the top earners, continues to excel with capacity exceeding 101 percent.
Looking at Gross Gross potential, “Fences” once again achieved the highest returns at almost 119 percent. Four others, “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” A Little Night Music at the Walter Kerr and “The Addams Family” also justified their investors’ faith, running neck and neck around 100 percent of potential. Faring poorly was the play “Collected Stories” at the Friedman posting under 25 percent of its potential, justifying its closing on June 13.
Overall attendance this past week was about 83 percent, up considerably from the last reporting period of about 75 percent with virtually all 31 productions posting gains. Nine reported 95 percent or better capacity.
The Tony Awards night hosted by Sean Hayes has come and gone with a huge splash. Taking top honors was Red, playing at the Golden for Best Play and Memphis, playing at the Shubert for Best Musical. American Idiot at the St. James and Fela! playing at the Eugene O’Neill were also big winners.
Best leading actress in a musical went to Catherine Zeta-Jones for her role in “A Little Night Music.” Best leading actor in a musical went to Douglas Hodge for his role in “La Cage aux Folles.” For their roles in “Fences,” both Denzel Washington and Viola Davis won the top awards for drama. Another high profile screen star earning a Tony for her Broadway debut role in “A View from the Bridge” was Scarlett Johansson.
A complete listing of award winners can be seen on the official website of the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards.
Broadway Gross Ticket Sales Week ending June 13, 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
|Come Fly Away
|In the Heights
|La Cage aux Folles
|Lend Me a Tenor
|Million Dollar Quartet
|Next to Normal
|Rock of Ages
|Sondheim on Sondheim
|The Addams Family
|The Lion King
|The Phantom of the Opera
|West Side Story