Broadway ticket sales dipped by $1.3 million for the week ending December 18, bringing the total down to $23 million from the previous week’s...

Broadway ticket sales dipped by $1.3 million for the week ending December 18, bringing the total down to $23 million from the previous week’s $24.3 million.

The seven productions that made at least $1 million the previous week continued the streak, two of which again neared the $2 million mark. Contending for the top-grossing spot, “The Lion King” again won first place with $1.83 million, while “Wicked” finished with $1.76 million.

The other five top-grossers were “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” ($1.54 million); “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” ($1.46 million); “The Book of Mormon” ($1.37 million); “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” ($1.10 million); and “Jersey Boys” ($1.05 million).

The production that suffered the most for the week was “Sister Act,” which saw sales drop by more than 23 percent to $602,000 — its lowest sales week since early September. “Mamma Mia!” took a similar tumble and finished the week at $560,395, down almost 22 percent.

Broadway’s last opening for 2011 was “Lysistrata Jones” on December 14. The Off-Broadway transfer has struggled on the Main Stem, though critics’ rave reviews boosted ticket sales by 14 percent to a still-low $123,750.

Although not officially open on Broadway until January 12, the musical adaptation of the Gershwins’ iconic opera “Porgy and Bess” began previews December 17. In its first two days, the production brought in almost $300,000.

“The Road to Mecca” also entered previews December 16 ahead of its January 17 opening. The new drama grossed just $80,118 of its more than $400,000 potential for the five-show frame.

While these new productions are preparing for their openings, the Broadway dream ended for one recent arrival.

Critics disparaged “Bonnie & Clyde” following its December 1 opening, and the musical’s gross ($333,379) and attendance (63 percent) dropped dramatically through December 18. Once booked into an open-ended run, “Bonnie & Clyde” will now close December 30, producers announced December 16.

All data provided by The Broadway League.

Broadway Gross Ticket Sales
Week Ending December 18, 2011

Weekly GrossTotal Atten.Prev.Perf.Total CapacityAvg. Ticket PriceAtten. %
An Evening…Patinkin
Anything Goes
Billy Elliot
Bonnie and Clyde
(Circle in Square)
How to Succeed…
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway
Jersey Boys
(August Wilson)
Lysistrata Jones
Mamma Mia!
(Winter Garden)
Mary Poppins
(New Amsterdam)
On a Clear Day…
(St. James)
Other Desert Cities
Porgy and Bess
Private Lives
(Music Box)
Relatively Speaking
Rock of Ages
Sister Act
Stick Fly
The Addams Family
The Book of Mormon
The Lion King
The Mountaintop
$533,8656,1210 81,065$87.2271.8%
The Phantom of the Opera
The Road to Mecca
(American Airlines)
Venus in Fur
War Horse