Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/26/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“A Delicate Balance” Off to a Flying Start

On October 20, 2014, A Delicate Balance began previews at the John Golden Theatre. In this first week of recorded box office figures, representing a full week of eight performances, the show brought in a remarkable starting gross of $884,596, which represents 102.25% of its gross potential. With a top ticket price of $323.00 and an average ticket price of $137.87, the show was completely sold out, having sold all 6,416 seats across the eight performances. The success of this show is not simple to explain, as though it does have a cast full of stars, so do other shows that aren’t selling quite as well (for example, The Real Thing). Nevertheless, ticketbuyers are drawn to the names attached to A Delicate Balance, including not only the playwright Edward Albee and the director Pam MacKinnon, but more importantly the actors Bob Balaban, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, and Martha Plimpton. In addition, credit must truly be given to the producer, Scott Rudin.

A Continuing Decline for Long-Running Musicals

The biggest decrease in weekly box office gross this past week was seen by Wicked, which brought in $1,489,079, representing a decrease of $191,770. The next biggest decline was seen by Les Miserables with a decrease of $125,605, followed by Matilda with a decrease of $121,364. Furthermore, declines were seen by Cinderella, The Phantom of the Opera, Kinky Boots, Pippin, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Chicago, If/Then, Cabaret, Jersey Boys, and Once – all of which are long-running musicals. This goes to show that as the fall season is truly getting underway, with the crux of new shows opening in surroundin weeks, the ticketbuying market is steering towards the new shows, many of which are plays. In addition to the immense increase seen by A Delicate Balance, other plays with increased sales this week include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Disgraced, and It’s Only a Play.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending October 26, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 10/26/14

Show Name GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $884,596 6,416 100.00% $137.87
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $880,770 7,165 98.75% $122.93
ALADDIN $1,383,638 13,608 98.72% $101.68
BEAUTIFUL $1,316,237 8,271 100.77% $159.14
CABARET $685,293 5,926 82.95% $115.64
CHICAGO $538,587 6,695 77.49% $80.45
CINDERELLA $527,426 7,146 51.01% $73.81
DISGRACED $362,147 5,990 81.56% $60.46
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $600,961 6,161 87.40% $97.54
IF/THEN $592,093 7,902 75.34% $74.93
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,376,686 8,683 101.53% $158.55
JERSEY BOYS $826,860 7,992 81.35% $103.46
KINKY BOOTS $1,262,058 10,698 93.91% $117.97
LES MISÉRABLES $665,387 7,500 66.54% $88.72
LOVE LETTERS $313,629 3,944 46.16% $79.52
MAMMA MIA! $693,670 8,190 87.80% $84.70
MATILDA $820,241 9,773 85.31% $83.93
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,112,900 11,462 95.07% $97.09
ON THE TOWN $837,948 11,987 79.96% $69.90
ONCE $417,186 5,151 60.80% $80.99
PIPPIN $478,031 5,914 74.67% $80.83
ROCK OF AGES $364,112 4,104 87.99% $88.72
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,610,255 8,754 102.65% $183.95
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $250,259 3,811 73.29% $65.67
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $871,327 8,020 98.48% $108.64
THE LAST SHIP $546,914 9,312 88.05% $58.73
THE LION KING $1,851,134 13,496 99.24% $137.16
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $830,932 9,863 76.81% $84.25
THE REAL THING $446,621 5,783 97.69% $77.23
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $367,824 4,996 58.86% $73.62
WICKED $1,489,079 13,258 91.61% $112.32
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $653,710 7,107 82.79% $91.98
Totals: $25,858,522 255,078 83.89% $98.51

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2014

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Jennifer R Jones
With over 20 years experience in the Broadway field, including marketing, production, development and show investment, Jennifer R Jones is an all-around subject-matter-expert in the Broadway business. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and her iMac and tries to see at least five Broadway shows per week.
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