Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/18/2015

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Motown Rises to the Occasion of its Final Week

In the week ending January 18, 2015, Motown was one of the highest grossing Broadway shows, beat only by the regular top earners The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and Aladdin. It brought in $1,299,340, which was an increase of $213,298 from the previous week. The reason behind this upswing is that Motown played the final performance of its present run on that date: January 18, 2015. After a financially and critically successful run of 738 performances (and 37 preview performances), Motown the Musical decided to shutter its doors. However, in an unusual move, the producers announced that this closing would not be permanent, and that the show would take an 18-month hiatus and return in July 2016. In the meantime, a run will open in London, for which they will use the Broadway costumes and sets, thus saving some money. Also, a U.S. national tour which began in April 2014 is still running. Thus, Motown is not saying goodbye for long; it’s just using some innovative reasoning to take a break from Broadway. Nevertheless, in this past week, it demonstrated that fans still love the show, as the show managed its highest weekly gross in over a year, and the last month of performances have all been financially healthy as well.

Productions Showing a Drop in Sales

This past week, The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, which has been performing very well at the box office, saw a decrease in box office of $315,940, bringing in only $678,450. However, this decrease was due merely to the fact that the production played only 5 performances this past week, likely due to actor conflicts. In that light, the show still made 111.75% of its gross potential, and it’s therefore still doing very well. For the most part, the other shows that demonstrated a decrease in ticket sales from the week prior are the top-earning musicals that could afford a decline. After The Elephant Man, the biggest decrease was seen by The Lion King, which went down by $118,853. Still, in the scheme of things, this is not a big drop, as the mega-musical still brought in a weekly gross of $1,721,611, which was the top earning show this past week. Next, decreases were seen by Mamma Mia! (went down by $74,423 to a gross of $476,709), The Phantom of the Opera (went down by $66,507 to a gross of $747,735), Chicago (went down by $43,494 to a gross of $437,317), Jersey Boys (went down by $41,140 to a gross of $742,891), Les Misérables (went down by $35,041 to a gross of $724,649), and Beautiful (went down by $9,734 to a gross of $1,062,857). For the most part, these shows could handle the minors losses, and they are all still holding up on Broadway.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 18, 2015:
Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 1/18/15

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $641,797 5,349 83.37% $119.98
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $749,039 6,926 95.45% $108.15
ALADDIN $1,487,116 13,785 100.01% $107.88
BEAUTIFUL $1,062,857 7,630 92.96% $139.30
CABARET $914,904 7,013 98.17% $130.46
CHICAGO $437,317 5,771 66.79% $75.78
CONSTELLATIONS $432,399 5,828 99.62% $74.19
DISGRACED $404,998 5,238 71.32% $77.32
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $692,620 6,633 94.10% $104.42
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $440,476 7,659 81.55% $57.51
IF/THEN $651,330 8,377 79.87% $77.75
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $693,963 7,340 85.83% $94.55
JERSEY BOYS $742,891 8,032 81.76% $92.49
KINKY BOOTS $1,051,429 9,658 84.78% $108.87
LES MISÉRABLES $724,649 8,990 79.76% $80.61
MAMMA MIA! $476,709 6,333 67.89% $75.27
MATILDA $987,374 11,041 96.38% $89.43
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,299,340 12,196 89.92% $106.54
ON THE TOWN $649,289 9,863 65.79% $65.83
ROCK OF AGES $492,533 4,542 97.38% $108.44
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,659,010 8,752 102.63% $189.56
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $883,489 8,101 99.47% $109.06
THE ELEPHANT MAN $678,450 3,978 102.79% $170.55
THE LAST SHIP $838,274 9,017 83.55% $92.97
THE LION KING $1,721,611 13,200 97.06% $130.43
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $747,735 9,402 73.22% $79.53
THE RIVER $722,987 5,698 102.33% $126.88
WICKED $1,684,664 14,310 98.88% $117.73
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $445,041 5,883 68.53% $75.65
Totals $24,414,288 236,545 87.63% $103.00

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/11/2015

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

An Entirely Declining Week

In the week ending January 11, 2015, every single show saw a decrease in sales. The easiest way to account for this is the winter season. As the New Years and Christmas holidays are officially over, tourists have returned to their hometowns and New Yorkers are staying cozy inside whenever possible. As a result, every single one of the 29 shows currently running saw a decrease in sales from the week before. The greatest decrease was seen by Wicked, which grossed $1,147,418 from the week before, resulting in a weekly gross of $1,593,224. Although this is still an impressive 94.77% of the show’s gross potential, it is an incredible decline. The Phantom of the Opera also saw a large decrease of $834,864, resulting in a weekly gross of $814,242. Six figure decreases were in fact seen by almost all of the shows, with the lowest decrease seen by Disgraced, which only went down by $3,898.

Struggling Shows

In the winter season, quite a few shows are showing signs of having difficulty staying afloat. The lowest percentage of gross potential was reached by On the Town, the musical revival occupying the gigantic Lyric Theatre. With a potential weekly gross of $1,790,076, On the Town only earned $626,999, which was decrease of $341,360 from the week before. The represents only 35.03% of its gross potential. Following shortly thereafter is Honeymoon in Vegas, which only reached 35.44% of its gross potential with a weekly gross of $399,588. You Can’t Take It With You only brought in $392,715, which represents 39.83% of its gross potential. In addition, the Idina Menzel musical If / Then brought in $557,954, which represents only 43.25% of its gross potential. On the other hand, some shows still reached over 100% of their gross potential, including The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, The Elephant Man, and The Lion King.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 11, 2015:Broadway Show Ticket Analysis week ending 1-11-15

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $582,284 4,706 73.35% $123.73
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $689,857 6,461 89.04% $106.77
ALADDIN $1,388,395 13,784 100.00% $100.73
BEAUTIFUL $1,072,591 7,101 86.51% $151.05
CABARET $805,093 6,223 99.55% $129.37
CHICAGO $480,811 6,269 72.56% $76.70
CONSTELLATIONS $336,203 4,474 98.33% $75.15
DISGRACED $382,854 5,146 70.07% $74.40
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $626,117 6,322 89.69% $99.04
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $399,588 7,269 78.53% $54.97
IF/THEN $557,954 8,288 79.02% $67.32
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $690,904 7,767 90.82% $88.95
JERSEY BOYS $784,031 8,653 88.08% $90.61
KINKY BOOTS $1,006,029 9,557 83.89% $105.27
LES MISÉRABLES $759,690 9,657 85.67% $78.67
MAMMA MIA! $551,132 7,478 80.17% $73.70
MATILDA $879,385 10,640 92.88% $82.65
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,086,042 10,376 86.07% $104.67
ON THE TOWN $626,999 8,703 58.05% $72.04
ROCK OF AGES $444,828 4,528 97.08% $98.24
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,609,728 8,751 102.61% $183.95
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $860,928 7,940 97.50% $108.43
THE ELEPHANT MAN $994,390 6,265 101.18% $158.72
THE LAST SHIP $840,468 8,230 76.26% $102.12
THE LION KING $1,840,464 13,337 98.07% $138.00
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $814,242 10,531 82.02% $77.32
THE RIVER $668,724 5,387 96.75% $124.14
WICKED $1,593,224 13,591 93.91% $117.23
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $392,715 5,262 61.30% $74.63
Totals $23,765,668 232,696 86.52% $101.33

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 1/04/2015

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending January 4, 2015:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis week 1/4/15

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $648,646 5,456 85.04% $118.89
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $1,011,822 7,379 101.03% $137.12
ALADDIN $1,842,291 13,787 100.02% $133.63
BEAUTIFUL $1,264,728 7,995 97.40% $158.19
CABARET $1,051,850 7,176 100.45% $146.58
CHICAGO $950,544 8,407 97.30% $113.07
CINDERELLA $1,873,246 15,710 99.69% $119.24
CONSTELLATIONS $478,445 5,040 96.92% $94.93
DISGRACED $386,752 5,737 78.12% $67.41
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $777,340 6,717 95.29% $115.73
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $409,674 7,657 82.72% $53.50
IF/THEN $898,321 9,396 89.59% $95.61
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,455,818 8,480 99.16% $171.68
JERSEY BOYS $1,091,460 9,265 94.31% $117.80
KINKY BOOTS $1,572,870 12,921 100.82% $121.73
LES MISÉRABLES $1,425,137 12,671 99.92% $112.47
MAMMA MIA! $1,002,625 9,102 97.58% $110.15
MATILDA $1,502,817 11,543 100.76% $130.19
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,215,495 10,613 88.03% $114.53
ON THE TOWN $968,359 11,207 74.75% $86.41
ONCE $967,968 8,608 101.61% $112.45
PIPPIN $907,253 7,897 99.71% $114.89
ROCK OF AGES $583,527 4,550 97.56% $128.25
SIDE SHOW $810,486 10,327 99.07% $78.48
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,224,280 9,846 102.63% $225.91
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $1,089,779 8,125 99.77% $134.13
THE ELEPHANT MAN $1,069,102 6,364 102.78% $167.99
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $2,217,405 18,683 97.49% $118.69
THE LAST SHIP $953,165 8,985 83.26% $106.08
THE LION KING $2,514,994 13,605 100.04% $184.86
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,649,106 13,704 94.87% $120.34
THE REAL THING $462,361 5,181 100.02% $89.24
THE RIVER $756,740 5,679 101.99% $133.25
THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS ON BROADWAY $819,461 8,780 74.70% $93.33
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $569,187 8,236 86.25% $69.11
WICKED $2,740,642 15,403 99.86% $177.93
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $610,186 6,681 77.83% $91.33
Totals: $42,773,882 346,913 94.55% $120.68

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/28/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending December 28, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-12-28-14

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $640,592 5,025 78.32% $127.48
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $1,062,731 7,338 100.47% $144.83
ALADDIN $1,986,322 15,508 100.01% $128.08
BEAUTIFUL $1,546,950 8,845 95.79% $174.90
CABARET $1,013,897 7,170 100.36% $141.41
CHICAGO $872,913 8,091 93.65% $107.89
CINDERELLA $1,336,544 11,622 94.82% $115.00
CONSTELLATIONS $384,388 4,133 90.84% $93.00
DISGRACED $393,371 4,809 65.48% $81.80
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $733,393 6,502 92.24% $112.79
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $399,311 6,973 75.33% $57.27
IF/THEN $835,798 8,807 83.97% $94.90
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,431,961 8,452 98.83% $169.42
JERSEY BOYS $1,239,004 9,418 95.87% $131.56
KINKY BOOTS $1,532,084 11,219 98.48% $136.56
LES MISÉRABLES $1,286,276 11,148 98.90% $115.38
MAMMA MIA! $964,706 8,762 93.93% $110.10
MATILDA $1,637,071 11,541 100.74% $141.85
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,285,105 11,063 91.76% $116.16
ON THE TOWN $1,068,470 10,446 69.68% $102.29
ONCE $893,494 8,520 100.57% $104.87
PIPPIN $778,718 6,572 82.98% $118.49
ROCK OF AGES $544,368 4,544 97.43% $119.80
SIDE SHOW $588,059 8,115 77.85% $72.47
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,085,228 8,752 102.63% $238.26
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $1,090,216 8,136 99.90% $134.00
THE ELEPHANT MAN $1,058,547 6,320 102.07% $167.49
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $1,811,228 15,114 94.64% $119.84
THE LAST SHIP $864,004 7,836 72.61% $110.26
THE LION KING $2,885,371 15,306 100.04% $188.51
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,641,020 12,955 100.90% $126.67
THE REAL THING $434,148 5,530 93.41% $78.51
THE RIVER $771,849 5,570 100.04% $138.57
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $343,256 5,449 73.37% $62.99
WICKED $2,903,309 16,257 99.85% $178.59
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $650,249 6,873 80.07% $94.61
Totals: $40,993,950 318,721 91.61% $123.79

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/21/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

New Show: “Constellations”

On December 16, 2014, Constellations began previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production. This production transfers to New York from London, where it premiered at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs and then transferred to the West End, where it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and was nominated for the Olivier Award for the same honor. The play is written by Nick Payne, directed by Michael Longhurst, and the Broadway production stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, both making their Broadway debuts. In the week ending December 21, 2014, the play had seven performances and brought in $325,875, which represents 47.95% of its gross potential. The average paid admission was $82.44, which represents a substantial but not huge amount of discounting. This is a slightly unusual time for a show to open, so it may take a few weeks for the show to gain traction and for word of mouth to spread. It will open on January 13, 2015.

“The Lion King” and “Wicked” Still Tourist Favorites

In the week before Christmas, many tourists are in town and they are still showing the same tastes demonstrated in the summer tourist season. In the week ending December 21, 2014, The Lion King brought in $2,200,409, which was an increase of $275,346 from the week before. With an average paid admission of $170.47, that represented 95.32% of the show’s gross capacity. The next biggest earner was Wicked, another proven tourist favorite. This past week, it brought in $1,986,719, an increase of $240,682 from the week before. With an average paid admission of $139.09, it brought in 118.18% of its gross potential. The third highest earner was The Book of Mormon, which brought in $1,862,009, an increase of $122,342, which represents 133.86% of its gross potential. Finally, Aladdin has solidified itself as a top tourist treat, having brought in $1,607,102, which is an increase of $77,814, representing 111.91% of its gross potential.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending December 21, 2014:

Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis chart small 12-21-14

 

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $706,174 5,109 79.63% $138.22
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $841,587 7,046 96.47% $119.44
ALADDIN $1,607,102 13,732 99.62% $117.03
BEAUTIFUL $1,235,710 7,675 93.51% $161.00
CABARET $935,919 7,160 100.22% $130.71
CHICAGO $479,248 5,946 68.82% $80.60
CINDERELLA $990,052 12,307 87.86% $80.45
CONSTELLATIONS $325,875 3,953 86.88% $82.44
DISGRACED $332,589 3,873 52.74% $85.87
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $592,551 6,013 85.30% $98.55
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $321,524 6,343 68.53% $50.69
IF/THEN $525,214 6,477 61.76% $81.09
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,408,914 8,345 97.58% $168.83
JERSEY BOYS $837,362 7,255 73.85% $115.42
KINKY BOOTS $1,126,354 9,512 83.50% $118.41
LES MISÉRABLES $858,645 9,027 80.08% $95.12
MAMMA MIA! $527,353 6,155 65.98% $85.68
MATILDA $1,078,021 10,313 90.02% $104.53
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $889,590 8,366 69.39% $106.33
ON THE TOWN $713,291 8,581 57.24% $83.12
ONCE $666,416 7,186 84.82% $92.74
PIPPIN $512,514 6,327 79.89% $81.00
ROCK OF AGES $400,950 4,358 93.44% $92.00
SIDE SHOW $513,912 7,512 72.06% $68.41
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,862,009 8,744 102.53% $212.95
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $867,003 7,281 89.40% $119.08
THE ELEPHANT MAN $973,202 6,128 98.97% $158.81
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $1,213,927 12,221 85.03% $99.33
THE LAST SHIP $779,799 8,152 75.54% $95.66
THE LION KING $2,200,409 12,908 94.91% $170.47
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $928,596 10,200 79.44% $91.04
THE REAL THING $445,978 5,395 91.13% $82.67
THE RIVER $785,131 5,536 99.43% $141.82
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $322,733 6,123 72.14% $52.71
WICKED $1,986,719 14,284 98.70% $139.09
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $486,341 5,386 62.74% $90.30
Totals: $31,278,712 280,929 82.75% $108.10

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/14/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Sting Has Helped “The Last Ship” From Sinking

The Last Ship has been struggling at the box office from the time it began previews on September 29, 2014. The new musical about a British shipyarding town with music and lyrics by the multi Grammy Award winning musician Sting has had trouble gaining traction with theatregoers. However, Sting was not going to let his beloved Ship sink without making a last ditch effort. Similar to how the citizens of the show’s town join together in one last effort to build one Last Ship, Sting has chosen to make a radical move: starting December 9, 2014, he stepped into the role of Jackie White. According to the box office in the week ending December 14, 2014, theatregoers are responding positively to this move. This past week, the show grossed $817,897, which was an increase of $325,987 from the week before. With a top ticket price of $225.00, the average paid admission was $98.79. That is a significant increase in average paid admission, which previously did not top $80.69. Furthermore, the previous highest weekly gross was only $575,155. Therefore, Sting may save the ship after all.

“The Illusionists” Made the Millionaire Club

An unusual fare for Broadway, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible is a magic show rife with spectacle. However, it appears that ticketbuyers are drawn to this change in offering. In its first week ending November 30, 2014, the show made it past the millionaire mark, earning $1,048,858, which was 76.07% of its gross potential. The show went quickly from previews (commencing November 26, 2014) to opening night (which took place December 4, 2014), as the show needed less preview preparation than most fully staged plays and musicals. Upon reviews hitting the presses, theatregoers responded positively. Still, they have not yet made it back to the levels of that first week. In the week ending December 14, 2014, the show brought in $987,234, which was an increase of $108,818 from the week before, but still not in the millionaire’s club. Time will tell whether this magic show can make it back into the big leagues in the coming weeks.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending December 14, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 12-14-14

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $854,322 6,015 93.75% $142.03
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $879,103 6,899 94.46% $127.42
ALADDIN $1,529,288 13,631 98.89% $112.19
BEAUTIFUL $1,354,390 8,230 100.27% $164.57
CABARET $808,669 6,858 96.00% $117.92
CHICAGO $414,484 5,112 59.17% $81.08
CINDERELLA $851,242 10,561 75.39% $80.60
DISGRACED $415,019 4,841 65.92% $85.73
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $640,340 6,242 88.55% $102.59
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $396,473 6,655 71.90% $59.58
IF/THEN $502,861 6,051 57.69% $83.10
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,413,682 8,447 98.77% $167.36
JERSEY BOYS $847,588 7,680 78.18% $110.36
KINKY BOOTS $1,295,982 10,317 90.56% $125.62
LES MISÉRABLES $719,973 7,970 70.71% $90.34
LOVE LETTERS $274,612 4,231 56.59% $64.90
MAMMA MIA! $437,209 5,298 56.80% $82.52
MATILDA $900,826 9,335 81.49% $96.50
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $982,656 8,993 74.59% $109.27
ON THE TOWN $756,779 9,370 62.50% $80.77
ONCE $601,479 6,597 77.87% $91.17
PIPPIN $468,537 5,821 73.50% $80.49
ROCK OF AGES $376,586 4,138 88.72% $91.01
SIDE SHOW $467,909 6,467 62.04% $72.35
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,739,667 8,751 102.61% $198.80
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $893,577 7,572 92.98% $118.01
THE ELEPHANT MAN $934,580 6,233 100.66% $149.94
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $987,234 9,883 77.36% $99.89
THE LAST SHIP $817,897 8,279 76.71% $98.79
THE LION KING $1,925,063 12,637 92.92% $152.34
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $760,079 9,021 70.26% $84.26
THE REAL THING $456,725 5,509 93.06% $82.91
THE RIVER $865,695 5,608 100.72% $154.37
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $270,455 5,260 61.97% $51.42
WICKED $1,746,037 13,554 93.66% $128.82
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $498,935 5,317 61.94% $93.84
Totals: $30,085,952 273,383 80.53% $106.47

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/07/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“Love Letters” to Candice Bergen and Alan Alda

Love Letters has had a degree of difficulty at the box office since it began previews on September 13, 2014. One element that was difficult to navigate in terms of predicting sales trends was the unusual casting method of replacing one or both of the two characters in the play with a rotating cast of major stars. Though this is how the play has been done traditionally, it is difficult to predict how much more one star will attract ticketbuyers than the next. It appears that the duo of Candice Bergen and Alan Alda was a winner. Though it took some time for word of mouth to spread, their last week saw a surefire increase in ticket sales. In the week ending December 7, 2014, Love Letters demonstrated the highest increase in ticket sales from the week before of any show, bringing in $100,682 more than last week’s gross of $309,103. Though this gross of $409,785 was still only 52.48% of the gross potential, this is the highest week yet, almost tied with the week ending November 23, 2014 in which the same two actors played. The early pair of Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy seemed to stir the least interest, although it is also possible that the show in general, independent of its stars, took time to gain some traction.

“This Is Our Youth” Struggling to Stay Alive

The Kenneth Lonergan scribed, Anna D. Shapiro helmed, revival of This Is Our Youth starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson is having a lot of trouble at the box office. In the week ending December 7, 2014, the show brought in its lowest gross yet: $262,663 across eight performances. Since the show began previews on August 18, 2014, it has never made more than $421,840 in a week, which represents 54.34% of its gross potential. It has basically fluctuated around a mean gross of $300 to $350,000 per week, which is pretty dismal given the stature of the stars involved. However, though this play certainly has a boatload of indie cred, it has very little of the star power necessary to sell tickets on Broadway: that is, stars whose names resonate with the average Broadway ticket buyer, a 55 year-old woman. These young actors, as well as the material they are acting, is more suited for the youth of New York City, not tourists or middle aged adults. Unfortunately, these individuals do not generally consider Broadway in their purview or their price range, and the show is suffering for it. The show is slated to run until January 4, 2015; it will probably survive until then, but not in great financial shape.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending December 7, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 12-07-2014

 

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Capacity AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $873,152 6,092 94.95% $143.33
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $892,158 6,882 94.22% $129.64
ALADDIN $1,516,840 13,553 98.32% $111.92
BEAUTIFUL $1,324,837 8,202 99.93% $161.53
CABARET $894,223 7,084 99.16% $126.23
CHICAGO $466,607 5,762 66.69% $80.98
CINDERELLA $805,921 9,995 71.35% $80.63
DISGRACED $410,321 4,883 66.49% $84.03
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $610,431 6,002 85.15% $101.70
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $410,775 7,784 84.10% $52.77
IF/THEN $546,374 6,552 62.47% $83.39
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,424,039 8,483 99.19% $167.87
JERSEY BOYS $913,846 7,836 79.76% $116.62
KINKY BOOTS $1,321,866 10,325 90.63% $128.03
LES MISÉRABLES $771,307 8,154 72.34% $94.59
LOVE LETTERS $409,785 4,966 66.43% $82.52
MAMMA MIA! $547,087 6,290 67.43% $86.98
MATILDA $928,149 9,285 81.05% $99.96
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,065,120 9,474 78.58% $112.43
ON THE TOWN $779,021 9,116 60.81% $85.46
ONCE $554,966 6,127 72.32% $90.58
PIPPIN $464,138 5,675 71.65% $81.79
ROCK OF AGES $373,834 4,010 85.98% $93.23
SIDE SHOW $483,252 6,438 61.76% $75.06
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,734,478 8,752 102.63% $198.18
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $864,898 7,634 93.74% $113.30
THE ELEPHANT MAN $755,087 6,208 100.26% $121.63
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $878,416 10,702 83.77% $82.08
THE LAST SHIP $491,910 6,338 58.73% $77.61
THE LION KING $1,919,765 12,360 90.88% $155.32
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $785,441 9,112 70.97% $86.20
THE REAL THING $458,860 5,392 91.08% $85.10
THE RIVER $873,863 5,612 100.79% $155.71
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $262,663 5,247 61.82% $50.06
WICKED $1,814,918 13,954 96.42% $130.06
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $519,282 5,451 63.50% $95.26
Totals: $30,147,627 275,732 81.26% $106.16

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/30/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“The Illusionists” Launching Onto The Scene

In the week ending November 23, 2014, The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible began previews. With only seven performances since the first preview on November 26, 2014, the show brought in a first weekly gross of $1,048,858. Though this only represents 76.07% of the show’s gross capacity, that is still a huge amount out of the gates. With a top ticket price of $175.00, the show’s average paid ticket was $107.44, which represents little to no discounting. This magic spectacle show is different from the average Broadway fare. Opening over Thanksgiving weekend, the show was a major draw for tourists who were looking for something a little less intellectual and a little more spectacular. It will wait to be seen whether the show’s grosses continue to pick up as word of mouth spreads and reviews come out, but for now this show appears to be doing very well on the Great White Way.

An Overall High Week on Broadway

This past week, of the 36 shows presently running on Broadway, all but five saw an increase in ticket sales from the week before. Those five that saw a decline were Love Letters (went down by $102,662), The Last Ship (went down by $38,645), The Real Thing (went down by $24,509), Disgraced (went down by $20,904), and Honeymoon in Vegas (went down by $14,859). All the rest of the shows saw an increase in sales. Other than The Illusionists – Witness the Impossible, which began previews this week and therefore saw a huge increase from zero the week before, the highest increase was seen by Wicked, which increased by $979,623. Following next was The Lion King with an increase of $711,252, Matilda with an increase of $690,490, and The Phantom of the Opera with an increase of $454,438. Overall, this increase can be explained by the fact that it was Thanksgiving weekend, so tourists were crawling all over the city in great numbers, comparably to over the summer season. They therefore flocked to the more tourist-friendly fare, such as these big blockbuster musicals.

“It’s Only a Play” Playing in the Musical Leagues

Since it began previews, It’s Only a Play has made over one million dollars in every full performance week. It is squarely amidst a slew of musical in this range of numbers. It could not be more clear that it is only a play, not a musical, and still tourists and locals alike are flocking to it. This is clearly due to the A-list cast, as the reviews were only mild.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 30, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-11-30-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $807,472 5,650 88.06% $142.92
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $974,924 7,046 96.47% $138.37
ALADDIN $1,759,955 13,784 100.00% $127.68
BEAUTIFUL $1,405,434 8,026 97.78% $175.11
CABARET $948,085 7,101 99.40% $133.51
CHICAGO $583,103 6,614 76.55% $88.16
CINDERELLA $1,115,935 13,197 94.21% $84.56
DISGRACED $412,694 5,009 68.21% $82.39
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $653,674 6,135 87.03% $106.55
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $351,277 5,078 54.86% $69.18
IF/THEN $615,096 6,452 61.52% $95.33
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,354,791 8,002 93.57% $169.31
JERSEY BOYS $920,735 7,913 80.55% $116.36
KINKY BOOTS $1,314,521 10,293 90.35% $127.71
LES MISÉRABLES $992,609 9,806 86.99% $101.22
LOVE LETTERS $309,103 3,978 53.21% $77.70
MAMMA MIA! $662,155 7,334 78.62% $90.29
MATILDA $1,454,493 11,463 100.06% $126.89
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,011,459 9,200 76.31% $109.94
ON THE TOWN $885,138 8,975 59.87% $98.62
ONCE $563,704 6,362 75.09% $88.60
PIPPIN $670,217 6,847 86.45% $97.88
ROCK OF AGES $360,759 3,664 78.56% $98.46
SIDE SHOW $466,970 5,800 55.64% $80.51
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,875,135 8,751 102.61% $214.28
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $952,041 7,750 95.16% $122.84
THE ELEPHANT MAN $958,970 6,219 100.44% $154.20
THE ILLUSIONISTS – WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE $1,048,858 9,762 89.11% $107.44
THE LAST SHIP $458,563 6,418 59.47% $71.45
THE LION KING $2,422,719 13,602 100.01% $178.11
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,131,137 11,319 88.15% $99.93
THE REAL THING $451,370 5,220 88.18% $86.47
THE RIVER $906,275 5,629 101.10% $161.00
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $341,572 4,977 58.64% $68.63
WICKED $2,432,132 15,714 96.52% $154.77
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $548,572 5,479 63.83% $100.12
Totals: $34,121,642 284,569 82.85% $115.18

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/23/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

New Show: “Honeymoon in Vegas”

On November 18, 2014, Honeymoon in Vegas began previews at the Nederlander Theatre. With music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), a book by Andrew Bergman, and based off the motion picture of the same name, this musical is directed by Gary Griffin and choreographed by Denis Jones. The musical stars Tony Danza, Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, and Matthew Saldivar. In its first week of previews, it played seven performances and brought in a preliminary weekly gross of $366,136. This is really not that spectacular, given that the show has the potential of bringing in $983,218, so that represented only 37.24% of the show’s gross potential. With a top ticket price of $233.00, the average paid admission was $69.24, demonstrating a heavy amount of discounting. It is a shame that a maestro composer such as Jason Robert Brown has time and again resorted to working on movie to musical adaptations, which are meant to be commercial but don’t even succeed in that regard.

An Overall Slow Week for Broadway

In the week ending November 23, 2014, the entire Broadway community saw an overall increase in gross sales of $261,421. That is barely a move at all, but on an individual sow basis, all but 13 saw a decrease in sales. Other than Honeymoon in Vegas, which began previews and thus increased from zero, the highest increase was seen by The Lion King, which brought in $1,711,467, representing an increase of $183,478 from the week prior. Increases were also seen by The River, Cabaret, Wicked, Cinderella, and Aladdin. Still, these increases were slight in comparison with their potential grosses. The following week, which included the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, ended up being much stronger. However, this week was a slow gearing up for the impending holidays, which are sure to make a difference in the otherwise slow winter season. As tourists flock to New York, these numbers will be sure to increase.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 23, 2014:

Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis- w/e 11-23-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $745,933 6,356 99.06% $117.36
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $775,336 6,939 95.63% $111.74
ALADDIN $1,372,657 13,737 99.66% $99.92
BEAUTIFUL $1,279,198 7,974 97.15% $160.42
CABARET $816,760 6,701 93.80% $121.89
CHICAGO $419,363 5,339 61.79% $78.55
CINDERELLA $680,334 8,934 63.78% $76.15
DISGRACED $433,598 5,212 70.97% $83.19
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $548,527 5,590 79.30% $98.13
HONEYMOON IN VEGAS $366,136 5,288 65.29% $69.24
IF/THEN $502,191 7,168 68.34% $70.06
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,342,409 8,417 98.42% $159.49
JERSEY BOYS $727,159 7,132 72.60% $101.96
KINKY BOOTS $1,100,608 10,077 88.46% $109.22
LES MISÉRABLES $617,818 7,960 70.62% $77.62
LOVE LETTERS $411,765 4,764 63.72% $86.43
MAMMA MIA! $491,950 6,236 66.85% $78.89
MATILDA $764,003 8,418 73.48% $90.76
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $981,245 10,303 85.46% $95.24
ON THE TOWN $795,604 9,912 66.12% $80.27
ONCE $425,226 5,383 63.54% $78.99
PIPPIN $367,437 4,997 63.09% $73.53
ROCK OF AGES $296,522 3,533 75.75% $83.93
SIDE SHOW $419,203 7,397 70.96% $56.67
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,579,606 8,742 102.51% $180.69
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $146,741 3,439 66.13% $42.67
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $903,389 7,980 97.99% $113.21
THE ELEPHANT MAN $938,509 6,211 100.31% $151.10
THE LAST SHIP $497,208 7,222 66.92% $68.85
THE LION KING $1,711,467 13,503 99.29% $126.75
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $676,699 8,266 64.38% $81.87
THE REAL THING $475,879 5,441 91.91% $87.46
THE RIVER $882,153 5,621 100.95% $156.94
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $287,243 4,533 53.40% $63.37
WICKED $1,452,509 12,670 87.55% $114.64
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $467,067 5,057 58.91% $92.36
Totals: $26,699,450 262,452 79.00% $98.32

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

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/16/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

A Low Week in the Broadway Fall Ebb and Flow

In the past few weeks, Broadway seems to be fluctuating between high weeks and low weeks. The week ending November 16, 2014 was one of the low weeks. Of the 35 shows presently running, only 7 of them saw an increase in ticket sales from the week before. The highest increase was seen by The Elephant Man, only because this was its first full week of eight performances. Of the other six shows that saw an increase, that increase was very slight: always under $100,000. Love Letters increased from $393,746 last week to $483,280 this week, which was only an increase of $89,534, and even then the show only brought in 61.89% of its gross capacity. Other increases were seen by Side Show (an increase of only $35,819, still only at 38.74% gross capacity), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (increased only by $11,242, and was already at over 90% gross potential), as well as On the Town, Once, and Cinderella, each of which only saw an increase of under $10,000. Otherwise, significant decreases were seen by shows including Wicked (decrease of $259,397) and The Lion King (decrease of $209,740).

High Grossing Plays

This fall season is shaping up to have a few solid box office contenders in terms of straight plays. The biggest non-tuner winner appears to be It’s Only a Play, which last week brought in $1,370,168 and has consistently been over the million dollar mark in every full performance week since it began its run. However, that show is less likely to score big in the Tony Awards, as its box office success is due mostly to the show’s stars including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Rupert Grint. The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, is shaping up to be another big box office winner, having earned $966,896 last week in its first full performance week. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time continued its winning streak last week with a gross of $907,142, as audiences are drawn to this spectacular drama transferred from London. Finally, Jez Butterworth’s The River is a top earner with its headliner Hugh Jackman, having earned $723,882 this past week, and having earned close to a million dollars last week. Not only is Jackman generally understood to be box office gold, but Butterworth has quickly guilt a reputation as an unmissable playwright ever since his success with Jerusalem, and this box office success is all the more notable due to the tiny size of the Circle in the Square Theatre.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 16, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 11-16-14

 

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $852,393 6,416 100.00% $132.85
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $788,831 6,885 94.89% $114.57
ALADDIN $1,328,493 13,237 96.03% $100.36
BEAUTIFUL $1,318,454 8,222 100.17% $160.36
CABARET $686,271 6,106 85.47% $112.39
CHICAGO $413,434 5,372 62.18% $76.96
CINDERELLA $631,822 8,518 60.81% $74.17
DISGRACED $471,373 5,569 75.83% $84.64
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $607,949 6,308 89.49% $96.38
IF/THEN $466,852 6,975 66.50% $66.93
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,370,168 8,479 99.15% $161.60
JERSEY BOYS $727,348 6,994 71.19% $104.00
KINKY BOOTS $1,142,851 10,114 88.78% $113.00
LES MISÉRABLES $603,883 7,315 64.90% $82.55
LOVE LETTERS $483,280 5,603 74.95% $86.25
MAMMA MIA! $483,950 6,181 66.26% $78.30
MATILDA $744,214 8,578 74.88% $86.76
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $997,824 10,157 84.25% $98.24
ON THE TOWN $843,648 10,345 69.00% $81.55
ONCE $462,158 5,652 66.71% $81.77
PIPPIN $397,603 5,210 65.78% $76.32
ROCK OF AGES $323,042 3,718 79.72% $86.89
SIDE SHOW $449,747 8,957 85.93% $50.21
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,594,690 8,751 102.61% $182.23
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $187,209 3,641 70.02% $51.42
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $907,142 7,988 98.08% $113.56
THE ELEPHANT MAN $966,896 6,278 101.39% $154.01
THE LAST SHIP $536,449 6,648 61.60% $80.69
THE LION KING $1,527,989 13,319 97.93% $114.72
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $715,131 8,450 65.81% $84.63
THE REAL THING $455,145 5,512 93.11% $82.57
THE RIVER $723,882 5,695 102.28% $127.11
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $322,033 4,772 56.22% $67.48
WICKED $1,361,772 12,283 84.87% $110.87
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $544,105 5,708 66.50% $95.32
Totals: $26,438,028 259,956 80.67% $99.19

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