Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 5/31/2015

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

An Overall Poor Week on Broadway

In the week ending May 31, 2015, the Broadway box office took a major toll, with 29 of the 33 currently running shows reporting a decrease in ticket sales from the week before. The biggest increase was seen by Something Rotten!, which brought in $1,100,399, an increase of $36,234 from the week before. The only other show to increase in the five digits was The King and I, which increased by $25,885. Furthermore, Fun Home went up by $1,329, and Fish in the Dark went up by $1,289. As for the remaining 29 shows, every single one saw a decrease in ticket sales. Of all 33 shows, the overall decrease in ticket sales was $2,382,536 from the week before. The biggest decrease was seen by Beautiful, which went down by $235,946, bringing in a weekly gross of $909,618. One major reason why the industry took such a dip this week may be due to Tony voters cashing in on all their free tickets, as each of the approximately 700 voters receives a free pair of tickets to all shows (except Finding Neverland, as Harvey Weinstein revoked the offer upon the show receiving no nominations). Therefore, the overall grosses may have seen a decrease with all of the comps being cashed in as the Tony Awards are nearing very close. Furthermore, the overall ticket buying community may have purchased excitedly when the nominations came out, but now may be waiting for the results next week before choosing which shows to see next.

“An American in Paris” Continues to Bring In Big

One of the biggest contenders for the Tony Award for Best Musical is An American in Paris. In the week ending May 31, 2015, the show brought in $1,339,416. Though this is a slight decrease of $10,516 from the week before, it is still a consistently high number. The biggest weekly gross thus far was the previous week, when the show brought in $1,349,932, which represented 91.75% of its gross potential. This past week, the show reached 91.04% of its gross potential, which is almost as good. Furthermore, it filled 99.1% of its audience capacity. It is clear that ticket buyers are going crazy for this revamped Gershwin dance musical, based off the film of the same name. With such great buzz, this show may very well win the award for Best Musical. However, Fun Home, which still has not come close to the million dollar mark, granted in a much smaller theatre, is also an interesting pick due to its groundbreaking nature. Fun Home is the first mainstream musical to deal with the concept of lesbianism as its major plot point. Time will tell whether Tony voters choose to commend the novel concept of Fun Home or whether they are swayed by the good old-fashioned excellence of An American in Paris.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending May 31, 2015:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-05-31-15

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $485,524 5,745 79.18% $84.51
AIRLINE HIGHWAY $160,888 3,483 69.44% $46.19
ALADDIN $1,469,138 13,788 100.03% $106.55
AN ACT OF GOD $693,379 7,383 91.74% $93.92
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS $1,339,416 13,305 99.05% $100.67
BEAUTIFUL $909,618 6,997 85.25% $130.00
CHICAGO $638,980 7,563 87.53% $84.49
FINDING NEVERLAND $1,048,475 11,140 92.59% $94.12
FISH IN THE DARK $1,216,518 8,718 101.56% $139.54
FUN HOME $628,970 6,001 102.76% $104.81
GIGI $426,246 6,013 54.31% $70.89
HAND TO GOD $406,784 5,011 81.14% $81.18
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $390,177 4,306 61.09% $90.61
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU $272,693 4,393 54.26% $62.07
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $535,098 5,742 66.64% $93.19
JERSEY BOYS $643,630 6,847 69.70% $94.00
KINKY BOOTS $855,703 8,812 77.35% $97.11
LES MISÉRABLES $611,524 7,853 69.67% $77.87
MAMMA MIA! $697,686 7,831 83.95% $89.09
MATILDA $876,521 10,661 93.06% $82.22
ON THE TOWN $512,816 10,025 66.87% $51.15
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY $583,755 5,663 98.04% $103.08
SKYLIGHT $782,580 6,337 98.77% $123.49
SOMETHING ROTTEN! $1,100,399 12,184 91.36% $90.32
THE AUDIENCE $1,096,582 7,466 99.77% $146.88
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,417,312 8,737 102.45% $162.22
THE KING AND I $1,095,371 8,376 100.00% $130.77
THE LION KING $2,026,910 13,578 99.84% $149.28
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $928,487 11,146 86.81% $83.30
THE VISIT $149,023 3,564 49.45% $41.81
WICKED $1,670,922 13,830 95.67% $120.82
WOLF HALL PARTS ONE & TWO $548,136 5,436 49.13% $100.83
Totals $26,921,735 265,125 83.23% $97.72

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2015

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Michael Tubbs
Michael's passion for Broadway and statistics came together perfectly for his assignment as "Broadway Sales Analyst" at New York Show Tickets Inc. He loves to forecast future Broadway ticket sales, diagnose breaking trends and can spot Broadway show winners and losers long before the rest of the crowd. Favorite Celebrity: Ashton Kutcher
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