Grosses are back up for the week ending 3-11-12

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Weekly Broadway GrossesBox office sales are up for most shows this week, though there are only four in the millionaire club. Wicked leads the pack, with The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark following. And it’s becoming habit; The Book of Mormon broke the house record at the Eugene O’Neil Theater for the 30th time. The production grossed $1,500,713 and played at 102.63% capacity.

The Best Man, starring James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, began performances this week. The show grossed $614,511 and played at nearly 80% capacity. Other shows in previews had healthy weeks as well. Death of a Salesman, which opens March 15, played at 99.79% capacity, while Once and Jesus Christ Superstar played at about 95% capacity.

Last year’s hits, Sister Act ($553,290) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert ($519,327), continue to have trouble attracting audiences, with each playing to houses only a bit more than half full. Sister Act made news last week with its announcement of Raven-Symone joining the cast.  Perhaps the decision will boost ticket sales.

Overall Broadway sales climbed $1.7 million to $18.6 million for 26 shows on the boards. Attendance rose by 13,000 to 205,996.

Averages and Totals:

  • 7 plays, 19 musicals
  • Gross Revenue – $18,585,145
  • 4 shows in the Millionaire Club
  • Average Capacity – 81.39%
  • Average Ticket Price -$87.49
  • Revenue Per Seat – $71.20
  • Total attendance – 250,021
  • Empty Seats – 50,792
Show Name Gross Total Attendance Capacity % Capacity Avg Paid Admission
WICKED $1,662,595 14,245 14,472 98.43% $116.71
THE LION KING $1,520,084 12,622 13,416 94.08% $120.43
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,500,713 8,752 8,528 102.63% $171.47
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,300,006 12,845 15,440 83.19% $101.21
JERSEY BOYS $938,081 9,201 9,824 93.66% $101.95
WAR HORSE $838,679 7,812 8,552 91.35% $107.36
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $767,945 10,209 12,840 79.51% $75.22
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING $704,071 8,515 11,392 74.75% $82.69
MARY POPPINS $702,121 9,497 14,376 66.06% $73.93
ANYTHING GOES $696,182 7,952 8,208 96.88% $87.55
PORGY AND BESS $686,715 7,314 10,680 68.48% $93.89
DEATH OF A SALESMAN $620,444 7,237 7,252 99.79% $85.73
GORE VIDAL’S THE BEST MAN $614,511 6,785 8,512 79.71% $90.57
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR $614,299 10,233 10,968 93.30% $60.03
MEMPHIS $611,962 9,101 11,760 77.39% $67.24
MAMMA MIA! $586,403 7,741 11,984 64.59% $75.75
SISTER ACT $553,290 7,608 14,040 54.19% $72.72
ONCE $544,535 8,081 8,464 95.47% $67.38
CHICAGO $524,747 6,604 8,640 76.44% $79.46
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT $519,327 7,138 13,512 52.83% $72.76
ROCK OF AGES $424,365 4,476 4,664 95.97% $94.81
OTHER DESERT CITIES $399,332 4,508 6,088 74.05% $88.58
SEMINAR $388,397 4,856 6,432 75.50% $79.98
VENUS IN FUR $344,313 3,952 5,664 69.77% $87.12
GODSPELL $289,607 4,278 5,880 72.76% $67.70
WIT $232,422 4,434 5,200 85.27% $52.42