In an otherwise flat week for Broadway ticket sales, the season’s newer productions remained the box office’s standout performers. The week ending October 23...

In an otherwise flat week for Broadway ticket sales, the season’s newer productions remained the box office’s standout performers.

The week ending October 23 drew a cumulative $21,527,954 in ticket sales — just about $200,000 more than the previous week. The Rialto also filled to about 88.5 percent capacity with 232,997 attendees spread across its 26 shows.

A rising leader among recently opened productions, “The Mountaintop” jumped nearly 20 percent to a robust $789,727 last week. The drama, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, has been feeding off positive opening night reviews. Such is also the case with the Frank Langella-led “Man and Boy,” which rose 6.6 percent to $306,277 through October 23.

Also on the up-and-up was “Relatively Speaking,” which opened October 20 to mixed reviews. With the week split between previews and regular performances, ticket sales totaled $691,942. What would be a marginal 2 percent increase any other frame is favorable here, considering the comp-heavy opening week.

The one to watch in previews remains “Other Desert Cities,” which increased its sales by almost 35 percent to $450,599. Meanwhile, the gross for “Godspell” grew almost 20 percent to $321,760, and “Venus in Fur” more than doubled its sales to a still-modest $236,482. All three productions open in early November.

Elsewhere on the Great White Way, musicals “Follies” and “The Lion King” both saw sales dip around 6 percent. The downturn was enough to knock “Follies” out of $1 million territory yet again — down to a still-respectable $974,421. In the past five weeks, the Bernadette Peters musical has tallied three non-consecutive weeks in Broadway’s million-dollar clubhouse.

Despite having the biggest decrease of the week, “The Lion King” retained a strong enough hold on the box office to stay in second place overall with $1.56 million. The Disney tuner finished behind the ever-prevailing “Wicked” ($1.69 million) and just ahead of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” ($1.50 million). Although solid in third, “Spider-Man” ticket sales also dropped about 5 percent through the week ending October 23.

Broadway’s next new entry is “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” the Hollywood A-lister’s newest song-and-dance extravaganza. The one-man show began previews October 25 at the Broadhurst Theatre, and the 10-week limited engagement opens November 10.

All data provided by The Broadway League.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending October 23, 2011

Production
(Theatre)
Weekly Gross Total Atten. Prev. Perf. Total Capacity Avg. Ticket Price Atten. %
Anything Goes
(Sondheim)
$852,372 7,857 0 8 1,026 $108.49 95.7%
Billy Elliot
(Imperial)
$849,504 10,298 0 8 1,421 $82.49 90.6%
Chicago
(Ambassador)
$564,558 7,059 0 8 1,080 $79.98 81.7%
Chinglish
(Longacre)
$322,469 6,165 8 0 1,077 $52.31 71.6%
Follies
(Marquis)
$974,421 9,620 0 8 1,612 $101.29 74.6%
Godspell
(Circle in Square)
$321,760 5,204 8 0 735 $61.83 88.5%
How to Succeed…
(Hirschfeld)
$990,726 10,256 0 8 1,424 $96.60 90.0%
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
$1,063,572 9,539 0 8 1,228 $111.50 97.1%
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
$835,972 9,974 0 8 1,498 $83.82 83.2%
Man and Boy
(American Airlines)
$306,277 4,823 0 8 728 $63.50 82.8%
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
$776,227 10,343 0 8 1,797 $75.05 71.9%
Memphis
(Shubert)
$790,711 10,117 0 8 1,470 $78.16 86.0%
Other Desert Cities
(Booth)
$450,599 5,974 8 0 761 $75.43 98.1%
Priscilla…Desert
(Palace)
$844,582 10,576 0 8 1,689 $79.86 78.3%
Relatively Speaking
(Atkinson)
$691,942 8,328 3 5 1,076 $83.09 96.7%
Rock of Ages
(Hayes)
$399,771 4,452 0 8 583 $89.80 95.5%
Sister Act
(Broadway)
$735,622 9,854 0 8 1,493 $74.65 82.5%
Spider-Man…Dark
(Foxwoods)
$1,502,153 14,074 0 8 1,930 $106.73 91.2%
The Addams Family
(Lunt-Fontanne)
$733,874 9,712 0 8 1,519 $75.56 79.9%
The Book of Mormon
(O’Neill)
$1,346,815 8,752 0 8 1,066 $153.89 102.6%
The Lion King
(Minskoff)
$1,561,390 13,419 0 8 1,677 $116.36 100.0%
The Mountaintop
(Jacobs)
$789,727 7,989 0 8 1,065 $98.85 93.8%
The Phantom of the Opera
(Majestic)
$901,756 11,499 0 8 1,615 $78.42 89.0%
Venus in Fur
(Friedman)
$236,482 4,107 8 0 650 $57.58 79.0%
War Horse
(Beaumont)
$985,848 8,552 0 8 1,069 $115.28 100.0%
Wicked
(Gershwin)
$1,698,824 14,454 0 8 1,809 $117.53 99.9%