Grosses are up in the final week of winter, week ending 3-18-12

Send to Kindle

The spring season is heating up and grosses are on the rise. Despite a theater mishap, the flood that forced the cancellation of two shows, Evita jumps out of the gate, grossing more than $1 million in its first week of previews. The production, which happens to be Broadway’s first revival of Evita stars famed pop star Ricky Martin.

Disney’s Newsies also had a great first week in previews. It completely sold out its first six shows at the Nederlander Theatre, grossing $735,991. Meanwhile, Wit, played its final performances. In all, the show played a total of 84 performances at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and grosses $2,302,405 throughout its run.

Not fairing quite so well this week is the Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess. With four-time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald, out for the count the show has suffered a severe dip in sales. This week end, Porgy and Bess grosses only $552,104 and played at only 57% capacity. Here’s hoping Audra recovers from her sinus infection and the show bounces back into the top ten.

Averages and Totals:

  • 7 plays, 22 musicals
  • Gross Revenue – $22,236,270
  • 6 shows in the Millionaire Club
  • Average Capacity – 86.04%
  • Average Ticket Price -$89.53
  • Revenue Per Seat – $77.00
  • Total attendance – 238,610
  • Empty Seats – 39,190
Show Name Gross Total Attendance Capacity % Capacity Avg Paid Admission
WICKED $1,942,288 14,472 14,472 100.00% $134.21
THE LION KING $1,760,703 13,242 13,416 98.70% $132.96
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,578,215 14,888 15,440 96.42% $106.01
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,494,024 8,752 8,528 102.63% $170.71
EVITA $1,167,685 9,282 9,384 98.91% $125.80
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,012,149 12,432 12,840 96.82% $81.41
JERSEY BOYS $913,217 9,334 9,824 95.01% $97.84
WAR HORSE $886,640 8,233 8,552 96.27% $107.69
MARY POPPINS $881,144 11,384 14,376 79.19% $77.40
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING $812,618 10,006 11,392 87.83% $81.21
NEWSIES $735,991 7,194 7,194 100.00% $102.31
MAMMA MIA! $685,129 8,716 11,984 72.73% $78.61
GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN $663,411 7,448 8,512 87.50% $89.07
MEMPHIS $654,781 9,435 11,760 80.23% $69.40
ANYTHING GOES $653,421 7,595 8,208 92.53% $86.03
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR $649,147 10,519 10,968 95.91% $61.71
DEATH OF A SALESMAN $632,832 7,246 7,252 99.92% $87.34
CHICAGO $610,188 7,333 8,640 84.87% $83.21
SISTER ACT $594,327 9,209 14,040 65.59% $64.54
PORGY AND BESS $552,104 6,107 10,680 57.18% $90.41
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT $515,177 7,200 13,512 53.29% $71.55
ONCE $499,054 8,180 8,464 96.64% $61.01
SEMINAR $433,956 5,328 6,432 82.84% $81.45
ROCK OF AGES $417,401 4,474 4,664 95.93% $93.29
GHOST $381,746 4,951 5,792 85.48% $77.10
OTHER DESERT CITIES $375,534 4,173 6,088 68.54% $89.99
GODSPELL $311,170 4,484 5,880 76.26% $69.40
VENUS IN FUR $263,685 3,161 4,956 63.78% $83.42
WIT $158,537 3,832 4,550 84.22% $41.37