Box office returns struggled again this past week with ticket sales reporting $11,973,127. The same week last season did not fare much better, reporting...

Box office returns struggled again this past week with ticket sales reporting $11,973,127. The same week last season did not fare much better, reporting a total of $12,878,030. Sales dropped $564,252 from the previous week ending January 30 of $12,537,379.

Despite the release of some scathing reviews from top newspapers, “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” at the Foxwoods was the highest grossing production on Broadway, bringing in $1,297,283 in sales. The musical is still in previews, but has its much-anticipated opening now schedule for March 15.

“Spider-Man” was one of four productions that reported box office receipts in excess of $1 million last week. The other shows topping $1 million were “Wicked” at the Gershwin, $1,214,880, “The Merchant of Venice” at the Broadhurst, $1,094,515 and “The Lion King” at the Minskoff, $1,089,357. “The Merchant of Venice” resumed performances on February 1 after a brief hiatus.

Attendance reported for the week overall was 73.75 percent, with “The Merchant of Venice” reporting the highest attendance percentage of slightly over 100 percent. “Wicked” followed with the second highest at 89.02 percent. Reporting the lowest figure was “Million Dollar Quartet” at 46.67 percent.

“The Merchant of Venice” also ranked highest in achieving its Gross Gross Potential at 102.65 percent. At the opposite end of the scale, “Million Dollar Quartet” posted a low of 30.41 percent thanks to its poor attendance numbers.

Five shows this week posted tickets with face values at or exceeding $300, including “Jersey Boys” at $350. While the best bargain-priced average ticket was $51.48 for “Colin Quinn: Long Story Short” at the Helen Hayes.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway” was on hiatus and resumed performances this current week on February 8 at the Brooks Atkinson. “Rock of Ages” will reopen March 24 at the Helen Hayes.

All data provided by The Broadway League

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending February 6, 2011

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
American Idiot
(St. James)
$546,256 7,816 0 8 1,709 $69.89 57.2%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$695,007 9,732 0 8 1,421 $71.41 85.6%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$343,159 4,931 0 8 1,080 $69.59 57.1%
Colin Quinn…Short
(Hayes)
$157,063 3,051 0 8 587 $51.48 65.0%
Driving Miss Daisy
(Golden)
$278,831 4,665 0 7 804 $59.77 82.9%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$866,391 8,725 0 8 1,228 $99.30 88.8%
La Cage aux Folles
(Longacre)
$470,138 6,022 0 8 1,057 $78.07 71.2%
Lombardi
(Circle in Square)
$274,019 4,043 0 8 790 $67.78 64.0%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$541,521 7,685 0 8 1,498 $70.46 64.1%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$602,099 9,966 0 8 1,797 $60.42 69.3%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$656,967 9,095 0 8 1,470 $72.23 77.3%
Million Dollar Quartet
(Nederlander)
$337,405 4,533 0 8 1,214 $74.43 46.7%
Spider-Man…Dark
(Foxwoods)
$1,297,283 13,097 8 0 1,930 $99.05 84.8%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$641,036 7,675 0 8 1,519 $83.52 63.2%
The Importance…Earnest
(American Airlines)
$358,829 5,250 0 8 740 $68.35 88.7%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,089,357 11,766 0 8 1,677 $92.59 87.7%
The Merchant of Venice
(Broadhurst)
$1,094,515 8,070 0 7 1,152 $135.63 100.1%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$508,371 7,620 0 8 1,615 $66.72 59.0%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,214,880 12,883 0 8 1,809 $94.30 89.0%