Broadway ticket sales had a great week across the boards with only two of the 38 current productions not posting gains. The box office...

Broadway ticket sales had a great week across the boards with only two of the 38 current productions not posting gains. The box office total reached $22,656,837 this week compared to the total the previous reporting period of $20,911,150.

The productions that eclipse the million-dollar plateau this past week were Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Promises, Promises at the Broadway, The Addams Family at the Lunt-Fontanne, Billy Elliot at the Imperial and Jersey Boys at the August Wilson. The two shows unable to post gains in sales this week were the musical Fela! at the O’Neill and the play The Merchant of Venice at the Broadhurst.

There are currently 13 plays on Broadway and “The Merchant of Venice” posted the best returns at $848,045, still less than the previous weeks’ grosses. The Broadhurst has 1,152 seats, the largest number of any theater posting a play.

Attendance was reportedly 76.5 percent this reporting period with three shows at or above 95 percent: “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys” and “The Merchant of Venice,” despite its drop in ticket sales.

Only “Wicked” achieved 100 percent of its Gross Gross Potential. The closest runner-up was “Jersey Boys” at 94 percent.

The Top Ticket continues to be from “Jersey Boys” at $350, trailed by seven other productions at $300. The Best Buy ticket as suggested by the Average Paid Admission is to the new play, Elling at the Barrymore at $34.51.

Opening nights celebrated this past week were:
Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, a play, at the Helen Hayes on Nov. 9
Elf, a musical, at the Al Hirschfeld on Nov. 10
The Pee-Wee Herman Show, a play, at the Stephen Sondheim on Nov. 11

In previews:
A Free Man of Color, a play, opens 11/18 at the Vivian Beaumont
• “Elling”, a play, opens Nov. 21 at the Barrymore

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending November 14, 2010

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Free…Color
(Beaumont)
$301,329 6,902 8 0 1,043 $43.66 82.7%
A Life in the Theatre
(Schoenfeld)
$206,017 3,184 0 8 1,071 $64.70 37.2%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$509,903 5,776 0 8 931 $88.28 77.6%
American Idiot
(St. James)
$514,127 7,277 0 8 1,709 $70.65 53.2%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,014,035 10,318 0 8 1,421 $98.28 90.8%
Bloody…Jackson
(Jacobs)
$358,813 5,912 0 8 1,030 $60.69 71.7%
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
$364,162 6,375 0 8 1,002 $57.12 79.5%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$459,796 6,007 0 8 1,080 $76.54 69.5%
Colin Quinn…Short
(Hayes)
$132,930 2,550 1 7 587 $52.13 54.3%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$681,345 5,505 0 8 804 $123.77 85.6%
Elf
(Hirschfeld)
$611,698 9,879 7 1 1,424 $61.92 86.7%
Elling
(Barrymore)
$188,300 5,456 8 0 1,056 $34.51 64.6%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$450,231 6,021 0 8 1,030 $74.78 73.1%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$583,604 8,763 0 8 1,344 $66.60 81.5%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,104,868 9,479 0 8 1,228 $116.56 96.5%
La Bete
(Music Box)
$302,309 4,478 0 8 1,007 $67.51 55.6%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$512,909 5,982 0 8 1,057 $85.74 70.7%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$373,063 5,406 0 8 790 $69.01 85.5%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$836,660 9,860 0 8 1,498 $84.85 82.3%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$758,863 10,165 0 8 1,797 $74.65 70.7%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$906,673 10,060 0 8 1,470 $90.13 85.5%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$500,948 6,008 0 8 1,214 $83.38 61.9%
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
(American Airlines)
$266,849 4,574 0 8 740 $58.34 77.3%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$277,060 4,633 0 8 772 $59.80 75.0%
Promises, Promises
(Broadway)
$1,073,888 11,061 0 8 1,747 $97.09 79.1%
Rain
(Simon)
$608,504 7,943 0 8 1,448 $76.61 68.6%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$516,090 6,395 0 8 997 $80.70 80.2%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,018,637 9,984 0 8 1,519 $102.03 82.2%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,371,477 12,443 0 8 1,677 $110.22 92.7%
The Merchant of Venice
(Broadhurst)
$848,045 6,969 0 6 1,152 $121.69 100.8%
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
(Sondheim)
$601,504 7,198 2 6 1,055 $83.57 85.3%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$721,596 9,057 0 8 1,615 $79.67 70.1%
The Pitmen Painters
(Friedman)
$203,784 3,907 0 8 650 $52.16 75.1%
The Scottsboro Boys
(Lyceum)
$305,606 5,520 0 8 900 $55.36 76.7%
Time Stands Still
(Cort)
$414,792 5,194 0 8 1,079 $79.86 60.2%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$679,066 9,174 0 8 1,697 $74.02 67.6%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,567,087 14,185 0 8 1,809 $110.47 98.0%
Women…Breakdown
(Belasco)
$510,275 6,873 0 8 1,002 $74.24 85.7%