The New Year on Broadway got off to a strong start with record ticket sales for the 36 productions: $34,997,571 for the week ending...

The New Year on Broadway got off to a strong start with record ticket sales for the 36 productions: $34,997,571 for the week ending January 2. The same week last season reported $28,089,912. Comparing ticket sales of the previous reporting period ending December 26 of $24,993,789, that is more than a $10 million jump in one week.

A total of 17 shows reported box office receipts in excess of $1 million, including (in order) “Wicked” at the Gershwin, $2,228,235; “The Lion King” at the Minskoff, $1,992,270; “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark” at the Foxwoods Theater, $1,880,833; “Billy Elliott: The Musical” at the Imperial, $1,518,486; and “Mary Poppins” at the New Amsterdam, $1,492,701.

Other productions with notable gate receipts included “The Addams Family” at the Lunt-Fontanne; $1,408,509; and the special, “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” at the Neil Simon, $1,404,356.

Among the eight shows achieving highest marks for reaching or exceeding 100 percent of their Gross Gross Potential were “Wicked” at 142 percent; “The Lion King’ at 130.5 percent; “Jersey Boys” at 117.03 percent; “The Merchant of Venice” at 110.27 percent; and “Mary Poppins” at 105.85 percent.

Nine shows posted tickets with face values in excess of $300, including one at $350 and one at $352 while the best bargain-priced average ticket was $53.02 for “A Free Man of Color.”

Two openings coming up are “Spider-Man” on February 7 and “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the American Airlines Theatre on February 13.

Closing their runs on January 2 were: the musicals “West Side Story” at the Palace, which generated more than $1.4 million in its final week; “Elf” at the Hirschfeld and “Promises, Promises” at the Broadway, both of which generated more than $1.3 million for the week; “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at the Jacobs; “Fela!” at the O’Neill; and “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” at the Belasco. Also closing were the plays “Brief Encounter” at Studio 54; “The Pee-wee Herman Show” at the Sondheim and the special, “Donny and Marie” at the Marquis.

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending January 2, 2011

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
Production
(Theatre)
Gross Gross Attendance Prev. Perf. Seats Avg. Paid Admission % Cap.
A Free…Color
(Beaumont)
$236,459 4,460 0 8 1,043 $53.02 53.5%
A Little Night Music
(Kerr)
$627,556 6,642 0 8 931 $94.48 89.2%
American Idiot
(St. James)
$1,183,038 13,426 0 9 1,709 $88.12 87.3%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$1,518,486 12,676 0 9 1,421 $119.79 99.1%
Bloody…Jackson
(Jacobs)
$697,839 8,237 0 8 1,030 $84.72 100.0%
Brief Encounter
(Studio 54)
$411,174 6,867 0 8 1,002 $59.88 85.7%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$921,309 8,766 0 9 1,080 $105.10 90.2%
Colin Quinn…Short
(Hayes)
$261,451 3,576 0 8 587 $73.11 76.1%
Donny & Marie
(Marquis)
$431,986 3,902 0 3 1,636 $110.71 79.5%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$582,218 5,026 0 8 804 $115.84 78.1%
Elf
(Hirschfeld)
$1,344,993 9,552 0 7 1,424 $140.81 95.8%
Fela!
(O’Neill)
$997,714 9,493 0 9 1,030 $105.10 102.4%
In the Heights
(Rodgers)
$1,050,924 10,356 0 8 1,344 $101.48 96.3%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,372,391 9,845 0 8 1,228 $139.40 100.2%
La Bete
(Music Box)
$308,549 4,483 0 9 1,007 $68.83 49.5%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$665,907 7,151 0 9 1,057 $93.12 75.2%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$390,654 5,145 0 8 790 $75.93 81.4%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$1,353,837 12,489 0 9 1,498 $108.40 92.6%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$1,492,701 14,319 0 8 1,797 $104.25 99.6%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$1,092,305 11,172 0 8 1,470 $97.77 95.0%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$605,169 7,399 0 9 1,214 $81.79 67.7%
Next to Normal
(Booth)
$434,859 5,941 0 8 772 $73.20 96.2%
Promises, Promises
(Broadway)
$1,336,579 12,079 0 8 1,747 $110.65 86.4%
Rain
(Simon)
$1,404,356 14,836 0 11 1,448 $94.66 93.1%
Rock of Ages
(Atkinson)
$731,576 7,273 0 8 997 $100.59 91.2%
Spider-Man…Dark
(Foxwoods)
$1,880,833 15,443 8 0 1,930 $121.79 100.0%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$1,408,509 11,433 0 8 1,519 $123.20 94.1%
The Importance…Earnest
(American Airlines)
$235,694 4,147 8 0 740 $56.83 70.1%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,993,520 13,422 0 8 1,677 $148.53 100.0%
The Merchant of Venice
(Broadhurst)
$1,175,750 8,266 0 7 1,152 $142.24 102.5%
The Pee-Wee Herman Show
(Sondheim)
$993,845 8,715 0 9 1,055 $114.04 91.8%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$1,390,531 12,741 0 8 1,615 $109.14 98.6%
Time Stands Still
(Cort)
$456,335 6,566 0 9 1,079 $69.50 67.6%
West Side Story
(Palace)
$1,403,667 13,040 0 8 1,697 $107.64 96.1%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$2,228,235 14,472 0 8 1,809 $153.97 100.0%
Women…Breakdown
(Belasco)
$377,877 6,253 0 8 970 $60.43 80.6%