Ticket sales took a small hit on Broadway this past week, dropping to $23,851,772 from the $25,632,214 the previous week. The overall ticket sales...

Ticket sales took a small hit on Broadway this past week, dropping to $23,851,772 from the $25,632,214 the previous week. The overall ticket sales picture for the season remains bright, with the season to date totaling $605,041,369, a 2.7 percent increase over the $589,194,767 at the same point last season.

The million-dollar plus leaders was (in order of ticket sales): Wicked at the Gershwin, The Lion King at the Minskoff, Elf at the Hirschfeld, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Jersey Boys at the August Wilson, Promises, Promises at the Broadway and Donny & Marie at the Marquis.

The Merchant of Venice at the Broadhurst, the only play in that lineup the past several weeks, dropped off the list experiencing the largest drop in sales of any production, down $429,395, to post $645,015 this past week. “Donny & Marie” posted the largest dollar gains over the previous week, going from $881,925 to $1,047,740.

Looking at the largest gain in capacity from one week to the next, the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reported a 12.4 percent increase. Another musical, Million Dollar Quartet at the Nederlander, posted the largest drop in capacity, falling 16.2 percent.

“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” is one of the biggest shows currently on Broadway, filling almost 100 percent of seats nightly. However, its big attraction appears to be the number of accidents taking place with four actors injured so far, the latest of which is in serious condition in the hospital. The show’s producers postponed the opening night once again, moving it from the scheduled January 11 date to sometime in February in order to fine-tune the production.

The play The Importance of Being Earnest by George Bernard Shaw opens at the American Airlines on January 13.

Three productions, “Wicked,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “The Lion King,” reported 100 percent or better in the Gross Gross Potential category. Two productions, the play A Free Man of Color at the Vivian Beaumont and another play, La Bête at the Music Box, posted 24 and 25 percent of their Gross Gross Potential respectively, the lowest of all shows.

There were nine productions offering Top Tickets at $300 or more, including tickets priced at $352 by “Elf” and $350 for “Jersey Boys”. The Best Buy as suggested by the Average Paid Admission was “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending December 19, 2010

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Free…Color
(Beaumont)
$214,439 4,253 0 8 1,043 $50.42 51.0%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$438,142 5,368 0 8 931 $81.62 72.1%
American Idiot
(St. James)
$489,532 6,475 0 8 1,709 $75.60 47.4%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$978,780 10,089 0 8 1,421 $97.01 88.7%
Bloody…Jackson
(Jacobs)
$419,303 6,561 0 8 1,030 $63.91 79.6%
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
$278,911 4,858 0 8 1,002 $57.41 60.6%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$431,498 5,225 0 8 1,080 $82.58 60.5%
Colin Quinn…Short
(Hayes)
$147,620 2,279 0 8 587 $64.77 48.5%
Donny & Marie
(Marquis)
$1,047,740 8,940 0 7 1,636 $117.20 78.1%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$595,313 5,152 0 8 804 $115.55 80.1%
Elf
(Hirschfeld)
$1,464,913 10,971 0 8 1,424 $133.53 96.3%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$613,717 7,713 0 8 1,030 $79.57 93.6%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$608,332 8,304 0 8 1,344 $73.26 77.2%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,133,645 9,403 0 8 1,228 $120.56 95.7%
La Bete
(Music Box)
$232,383 3,420 0 8 1,007 $67.95 42.5%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$453,873 5,222 0 8 1,057 $86.92 61.8%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$238,737 3,789 0 8 790 $63.01 60.0%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$713,888 8,197 0 8 1,498 $87.09 68.4%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$914,985 10,805 0 8 1,797 $84.68 75.2%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$795,212 8,668 0 8 1,470 $91.74 73.7%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$445,007 5,151 0 8 1,214 $86.39 53.0%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$308,859 5,296 0 8 772 $58.32 85.8%
Promises, Promises
(Broadway)
$1,117,422 11,665 0 8 1,747 $95.79 83.5%
Rain
(Simon)
$676,048 8,266 0 8 1,448 $81.79 71.4%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$478,936 5,363 0 8 997 $89.30 67.2%
Spider-Man…Dark
(Foxwoods)
$1,036,133 11,455 6 0 1,930 $90.45 98.9%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$912,688 8,572 0 8 1,519 $106.47 70.5%
The Importance…Earnest
(American Airlines)
$71,928 2,069 4 0 740 $34.76 69.9%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,571,953 12,693 0 8 1,677 $123.84 94.6%
The Merchant of Venice
(Broadhurst)
$645,015 4,726 0 4 1,152 $136.48 102.6%
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
(Sondheim)
$637,669 6,758 0 8 1,055 $94.36 80.1%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$761,245 9,472 0 8 1,615 $80.37 73.3%
Time Stands Still
(Cort)
$325,677 4,447 0 8 1,079 $73.24 51.5%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$751,136 9,222 0 8 1,697 $81.45 67.9%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,631,743 14,174 0 8 1,809 $115.12 97.9%
Women…Breakdown
(Belasco)
$269,357 4,247 0 8 970 $63.42 54.7%