Ten productions were able to score $1 million or more in ticket sales on Broadway this past week, most notably “Wicked” at the Gershwin...

Ten productions were able to score $1 million or more in ticket sales on Broadway this past week, most notably “Wicked” at the Gershwin with a resounding $2,150,665 in ticket sales.

Equally impressive was the jump in Gross receipts to $26,365,120, an increase of more than $5 million from the previous reporting period of $21,333,673. That exceeded even the same week last season of $25,312,358.

The nine other productions that were able to surpass the million dollar mark were “The Lion King” at the Minskoff, “Elf” at the Hirschfeld, “The Addams Family” at the Lunt-Fontanne, “Jersey Boys” at the August Wilson, “Billy Elliot” at the Imperial, “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam, “The Merchant of Venice” at the Broadhurst, “Promises, Promises” at the Broadway and “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Majestic. “The Merchant of Venice” was the only play among the top ten with the help of the box office draw of its star Al Pacino.

The most dramatic increase in box office was by the ever-popular “Wicked,” which had an increase of $640,954 in ticket sales over the previous week. “Driving Miss Daisy” at the Golden reported the largest drop, $94,853 less than the previous week.

Attendance grew to nearly 75 percent with “The Merchant of Venice” reporting audiences at 102.5 percent capacity followed by “Wicked” at 100 percent. In its first week of previews, “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” at Foxwoods Theater reported nearly a full house, coming in at 99.75 percent capacity. “Spider-Man” will open on January 11, 2011, giving it plenty of time to correct its reported stage mishaps.

“Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “The “Merchant” and “Jersey Boys” were each reported to have exceeded their Gross Gross Potential last week.

Nine shows offered their Top Ticket at $300 and up with one of those being “Elf,” which offered a ticket at $352. The Best Buy ticket as suggested by the Average Paid Admission is the play, “The Pitmen Painters” at the Friedman at $43.84.

Three shows closed this past week: “A Life in the Theatre” at the Schoenfeld, “Elling” at the Barrymore (after only nine performances), and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” at the American Airlines Theatre.

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending November 28, 2010

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
A Free…Color
(Beaumont)
$194,194 3,756 0 8 1,043 $51.70 45.0%
A Life in the Theatre
(Schoenfeld)
$249,156 4,468 0 8 1,071 $55.76 52.1%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$473,377 5,543 0 8 931 $85.40 74.4%
American Idiot
(St. James)
$600,092 7,259 0 8 1,709 $82.67 53.1%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,242,163 10,890 0 8 1,421 $114.06 95.8%
Bloody…Jackson
(Jacobs)
$442,113 5,332 0 8 1,030 $82.92 64.7%
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
$328,034 5,584 0 8 1,002 $58.75 69.7%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$541,267 6,569 0 8 1,080 $82.40 76.0%
Colin Quinn…Short
(Hayes)
$151,610 2,153 0 8 587 $70.42 45.8%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$632,324 5,115 0 7 804 $123.62 90.9%
Elf
(Hirschfeld)
$1,406,283 10,817 0 8 1,424 $130.01 95.0%
Elling
(Barrymore)
$198,048 4,033 0 8 1,056 $49.11 47.7%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$524,151 6,259 0 8 1,030 $83.74 76.0%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$624,194 7,362 0 8 1,344 $84.79 68.5%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,269,247 9,577 0 8 1,228 $132.53 97.5%
La Bete
(Music Box)
$242,441 3,755 0 8 1,007 $64.56 46.6%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$519,409 5,512 0 8 1,057 $94.23 65.2%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$277,567 3,736 0 8 790 $74.30 59.1%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$838,078 9,225 0 8 1,498 $90.85 77.0%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,206,630 13,195 0 8 1,797 $91.45 91.8%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$968,590 10,038 0 8 1,470 $96.49 85.4%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$429,580 5,021 0 8 1,214 $85.56 51.7%
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
(American Airlines)
$203,921 4,514 0 8 740 $45.18 76.3%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$234,290 3,642 0 8 772 $64.33 59.0%
Promises, Promises
(Broadway)
$1,077,802 11,245 0 8 1,747 $95.85 80.5%
Rain
(Simon)
$633,666 6,745 0 8 1,448 $93.95 58.2%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$495,478 5,429 0 8 997 $91.27 68.1%
Spider-Man…Dark
(Foxwoods)
$200,605 1,923 1 0 1,928 $104.32 99.7%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,299,371 11,057 0 8 1,519 $117.52 91.0%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,870,565 13,324 0 8 1,677 $140.39 99.3%
The Merchant of Venice
(Broadhurst)
$1,160,360 8,270 0 7 1,152 $140.31 102.6%
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
(Sondheim)
$625,453 5,916 0 8 1,055 $105.72 70.1%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$1,024,656 11,767 0 8 1,615 $87.08 91.1%
The Pitmen Painters
(Friedman)
$127,483 2,908 0 8 650 $43.84 55.9%
The Scottsboro Boys
(Lyceum)
$273,250 4,308 0 8 900 $63.43 59.8%
Time Stands Still
(Cort)
$352,855 4,174 0 8 1,079 $84.54 48.4%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$876,277 10,449 0 8 1,697 $83.86 77.0%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$2,150,665 14,472 0 8 1,809 $148.61 100.0%
Women…Breakdown
(Belasco)
$399,881 4,935 0 8 1,002 $81.03 61.6%