Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/09/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

A Complete 180 From Last Week

Whereas the previous week was a particularly low one for the Broadway box office, the week ending November 9, 2014 was a complete turnaround. Of the 35 shows presently running on Broadway, only three saw a decrease in sales from the week before: The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! (which are both long-running musicals for which this slight decrease isn’t particularly significant), and The Country House (a play struggling to stay afloat). Otherwise, the week was a serious improvement for most shows. In terms of increase from this week as compared to last week, the top earner was Jez Butterworth’s The River starring Hugh Jackman, which grossed $568,906 more this week than the week before (where it had only played its first partial week of 3 performances). In its first full week of eight performances, The River grossed $917,008, representing 104.89% of its gross potential, and selling 102.7% of its seats across the week. The top grossing shows this past week were The Lion King at $1,737,729, The Book of Mormon at $1,638,827, Wicked at $1,621,169, Aladdin at $1,410,648, and It’s Only a Play at $1,375,174 – all of which showed a substantial increase from the week before.

New Show: “The Elephant Man”

The Elephant Man began previews on November 7, 2014, with just 4 performances in its first week. It has exited with a bang, having grossed $520,087 across four performances, which represents 113.36% of its gross capacity. With a top ticket price of $298.00, the average paid ticket was the remarkable $163.45. Of the total 3,096 seats, there were somehow 3,182 of them sold. This show stars Bradley Cooper, a major Hollywood favorite who is well-known for his roles in such films as Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Place Beyond the Pines, and The Hangover Trilogy. He was nominated for Academy Awards for both Silver Linings Playbook (Best Actor) and American Hustle (Best Supporting Actor). In The Elephant Man, he plays a disfigured man in Britain who uses purely his own physicality, rather than makeup or special effects, to convey the disability. This is his second time on Broadway; his first was the role of Pip and Theo in 2006’s Three Days of Rain.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 9, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-11-09-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $857,375 6,416 100.00% $133.63
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $815,750 6,801 93.73% $119.95
ALADDIN $1,410,648 13,171 95.55% $107.10
BEAUTIFUL $1,330,829 8,214 100.07% $162.02
CABARET $741,877 6,379 89.29% $116.30
CHICAGO $479,182 5,926 68.59% $80.86
CINDERELLA $629,743 8,408 60.02% $74.90
DISGRACED $512,646 6,500 88.51% $78.87
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $624,148 6,370 90.37% $97.98
IF/THEN $569,810 7,556 72.04% $75.41
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,375,174 8,544 99.91% $160.95
JERSEY BOYS $826,987 7,909 80.51% $104.56
KINKY BOOTS $1,147,857 9,719 85.31% $118.10
LES MISÉRABLES $683,328 8,168 72.46% $83.66
LOVE LETTERS $393,746 5,086 59.53% $77.42
MAMMA MIA! $586,427 7,549 80.93% $77.68
MATILDA $892,409 9,892 86.35% $90.22
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,025,917 10,480 86.93% $97.89
ON THE TOWN $834,113 10,110 67.44% $82.50
ONCE $459,801 5,491 64.81% $83.74
PIPPIN $449,207 5,524 69.75% $81.32
ROCK OF AGES $323,107 3,778 81.00% $85.52
SIDE SHOW $413,928 7,135 78.23% $58.01
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,638,827 8,752 102.63% $187.25
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $209,004 3,722 71.58% $56.15
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $895,900 7,922 97.27% $113.09
THE ELEPHANT MAN $520,087 3,182 102.78% $163.45
THE LAST SHIP $543,860 7,145 66.21% $76.12
THE LION KING $1,737,729 13,502 99.28% $128.70
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $720,968 8,710 67.83% $82.77
THE REAL THING $490,862 5,823 98.36% $84.30
THE RIVER $917,008 5,716 102.66% $160.43
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $349,111 4,805 56.61% $72.66
WICKED $1,621,169 13,524 93.45% $119.87
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $562,949 6,082 70.85% $92.56
Totals: $27,591,478 264,011 82.88% $102.46

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 11/02/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

New Shows This Week: “The River” and “Side Show”

In the week ending November 2, 2014, two new shows began previews. First, on October 28, 2014, Side Show began performances at the St. James Theatre. Playing six performances across this first week of recorded box office figures, Side Show grossed the unremarkable amount of $349,563, which represents only 39.67% of its gross potential. With the maximum numbers of seats to fill being 7,818, ticketbuyers only ended up filling 5,696 of them. This goes to show that Side Show has been offering heavy discounts, as the average paid ticket was only $61.37, with a top ticket price of $197.00. On the other hand, The River began performances with an extraordinary performance out of the gates. In its first week, it played only three performances, and yet it grossed $348,102, which represents 103.5% of the show’s gross potential. With a top ticket price of $275.00, the show’s average paid ticket price was $161.01, which implies basically no discounting. Of the 2,088 seats to sell across these three performances, The River sold 2,162 of them, which seems physically impossible – and yet if anyone can achieve the impossible, it’s the team of Jez Butterworth and Hugh Jackman.

An Overall Slow Week for Broadway

This past week, the overall Broadway industry saw a decline in overall weekly gross of $2,393,852, earning a total of $23,464,674. This represents an average of $690,137 across all 34 shows presently running. This is a decrease of 10.20% from the week before. Of the 34 shows, 31 of them saw a decrease in weekly gross from the week before, whereas the only three that saw an increase were Disgraced, The River, and Side Show. Of course, it must be noted that the latter two increased from $0 the week before, as they opened this past week, so they don’t really count. And Disgraced, which only increased by $45,861 from the week before, is the anomaly having increased its gross each of the six weeks in which it has been running. Still, at its peak this past week, it only reached 52.47% of its gross potential.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending November 2, 2014:

Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-11-02-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A DELICATE BALANCE $850,150 6,416 100.00% $132.50
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $757,811 7,061 97.31% $107.32
ALADDIN $1,280,885 13,528 98.14% $94.68
BEAUTIFUL $1,033,975 7,844 95.57% $131.82
CABARET $611,122 5,474 76.62% $111.64
CHICAGO $444,182 5,493 63.58% $80.86
CINDERELLA $501,306 6,797 48.52% $73.75
DISGRACED $408,008 5,538 75.41% $73.67
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $498,001 5,413 76.79% $92.00
IF/THEN $404,308 7,361 70.18% $54.93
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,338,059 8,468 99.02% $158.01
JERSEY BOYS $675,647 6,782 69.04% $99.62
KINKY BOOTS $1,100,572 9,904 86.94% $111.12
LES MISÉRABLES $608,589 7,224 64.09% $84.25
LOVE LETTERS $258,377 3,961 46.36% $65.23
MAMMA MIA! $602,891 7,247 77.69% $83.19
MATILDA $760,087 9,441 82.41% $80.51
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $855,012 8,993 74.59% $95.08
ON THE TOWN $675,371 8,749 58.36% $77.19
ONCE $341,135 4,836 57.08% $70.54
PIPPIN $377,838 5,026 63.46% $75.18
ROCK OF AGES $278,848 3,476 74.53% $80.22
SIDE SHOW $349,563 5,696 72.86% $61.37
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,535,238 8,751 102.61% $175.44
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $217,819 3,565 68.56% $61.10
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $862,004 7,911 97.14% $108.96
THE LAST SHIP $495,069 6,333 58.68% $78.17
THE LION KING $1,700,190 13,395 98.49% $126.93
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $724,322 8,848 68.91% $81.86
THE REAL THING $433,827 5,765 97.38% $75.25
THE RIVER $348,102 2,162 103.54% $161.01
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $294,214 4,058 47.81% $72.50
WICKED $1,329,813 12,097 83.59% $109.93
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $512,339 5,656 65.89% $90.58
Totals: $23,464,671 239,269 77.09% $95.19

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

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

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/19/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

A Record-Breaking Week for “It’s Only a Play”

In a week where the majority of Broadway shows had a decreased gross from the week before, It’s Only a Play is on the up and up. This revival of a Terrence McNally play directed by Jack O’Brien is chock full of stars, including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Rupert Grint, and Stockard Channing. In that light, this show is a paradigm example of movie stars selling tickets, because those tickets are selling at a phenomenal rate. In the week ending October 19, 2014, It’s Only a Play brought in $1,375,481, which is an increase of $1,173,897 from the week before. That represents 104.34% of its gross potential, with an average ticket price of $159.02 and a top ticket price of $225.00. Furthermore, that gross is a weekly record for the show, which began performances on August 28, 2014 and officially opened on October 9, 2014 to mixed reviews. Prior to this past week, the highest weekly gross for It’s Only a Play came in for the week ending September 21, 2014 at $1,277,059. The entire run for the play is supposedly close to sold out, and the show is scheduled to continue until January 4, 2015.

As the Season Progresses, a Move Away from the Summer Blockbusters

This past week demonstrated that as the weather is getting colder, there are fewer tourists flooding New York, and specifically buying tickets to the top summer musicals. In the week ending October 19, 2014, Aladdin saw a gross decrease of $176,405, The Lion King went down by $155,070, Matilda decreased by $151,064, Wicked went down by $125,326, Hedwig and the Angry Inch went down by $118,386, and Cinderella decreased by $117,091. In fact, the entire Broadway industry saw a decrease of $1,072,660. There were some shows that experienced increases in gross, such as It’s Only a Play with a remarkable increase of $201,584, On the Town with a post-opening increase of $87,877, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time with an increase of $78,309. These are all newer fare on the Great White Way, which demonstrates an increased interest in the buying practices of local New Yorkers. These people are more aware of the recent changes in Broadway offerings, rather than continually purchasing tickets to long-running shows.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending October 19, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 10-19-2014

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $920,334 7,319 100.87% $125.75
ALADDIN $1,438,023 13,750 99.75% $104.58
BEAUTIFUL $1,308,749 8,271 100.77% $158.23
CABARET $719,254 6,208 86.90% $115.86
CHICAGO $574,653 7,071 81.84% $81.27
CINDERELLA $643,770 8,384 59.85% $76.79
DISGRACED $352,737 6,002 81.73% $58.77
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $544,166 5,552 91.89% $98.01
IF/THEN $627,377 7,788 74.26% $80.56
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,375,481 8,650 101.15% $159.02
JERSEY BOYS $860,751 8,208 83.55% $104.87
KINKY BOOTS $1,363,976 11,024 96.77% $123.73
LES MISÉRABLES $790,993 8,821 78.26% $89.67
LOVE LETTERS $319,810 4,374 51.19% $73.12
MAMMA MIA! $678,393 8,115 87.00% $83.60
MATILDA $941,606 10,815 94.40% $87.06
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,074,895 10,768 89.32% $99.82
ON THE TOWN $696,571 13,079 87.24% $53.26
ONCE $448,800 5,162 60.93% $86.94
PIPPIN $536,740 6,355 80.24% $84.46
ROCK OF AGES $369,767 4,204 90.14% $87.96
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,651,464 8,752 102.63% $188.70
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $253,441 3,933 75.63% $64.44
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $848,236 7,879 96.75% $107.66
THE LAST SHIP $575,155 7,899 74.69% $72.81
THE LION KING $1,895,200 13,414 98.63% $141.29
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $935,841 10,843 84.45% $86.31
THE REAL THING $475,917 5,620 94.93% $84.68
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $409,597 5,796 68.28% $70.67
WICKED $1,680,849 14,440 99.78% $116.40
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $680,921 7,506 87.44% $90.72
Totals: $25,993,464 256,002 85.85% $98.61

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 10/12/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“Curious Incident” Seeing a Major Boost from Good Reviews

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the latest transfer from the National Theatre in London, opened on October 5, 2014 to extremely positive notices. In last week’s ticket sales analysis, it was not yet clear whether these reviews would have a strong impact on ticket sales, but with an additional eight performances underway since opening night, it is clear that they have. In the week ending October 12, 2014, this show brought in a weekly gross of $769,927, which was an increase of $268,735 from the week before. This higher gross represents 80.49% of the show’s gross potential, having filled 97.3% of the total 8,144 seats across the eight performances. Whereas there is still room for growth, this significant increase demonstrates that ticketbuyers are reading reviews and word of mouth is spreading. This is unfortunately not always the case, as many a wonderfully reviewed show has still faltered at the box office. Shows from London in general, and the National Theatre in particular, however, have a way of cutting through the noise when a powerful show has crossed the Atlantic.

Overall a Strong Week for Broadway

This past week, the entire Broadway industry brought in $27,066,127, which was a significant difference of $4,579,067 from the prior week, which had only brought in $22,487,060. This steep increase is most likely accounted for by the fact that many of the new fall plays are beginning to open, which leads to a lot of press coverage. As the fall season continues to gear up, the industry should continue to see healthy sales. However, much of the steep increase also stems from higher sales of long running musicals that are keeping up their momentum. For example, the highest increase was seen by Wicked, which earned $399,953 more this week than the week before. The next was Matilda with an increase of $379,183, followed by Aladdin at an increase of $296,300. Significant increases were also seen by If/Then, Cinderella, and Kinky Boots. As for plays, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time went up by $268,735, followed by The Real Thing at an increase of $197,456.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending October 12, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis 10-12-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $948,209 7,286 100.41% $130.14
ALADDIN $1,614,428 13,785 100.01% $117.11
BEAUTIFUL $1,411,132 8,257 100.60% $170.90
CABARET $689,019 6,083 85.15% $113.27
CHICAGO $590,152 6,804 78.75% $86.74
CINDERELLA $760,861 9,937 70.94% $76.57
DISGRACED $319,485 5,137 79.94% $62.19
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $662,552 6,576 93.29% $100.75
IF/THEN $741,315 8,486 80.91% $87.36
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,173,897 8,690 101.61% $135.09
JERSEY BOYS $940,451 8,817 89.75% $106.66
KINKY BOOTS $1,376,997 10,998 96.54% $125.20
LES MISÉRABLES $814,410 8,408 74.59% $96.86
LOVE LETTERS $339,907 4,462 52.22% $76.18
MAMMA MIA! $766,485 8,882 95.22% $86.30
MATILDA $1,092,670 10,962 95.69% $99.68
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,109,204 11,130 92.32% $99.66
ON THE TOWN $608,694 11,243 85.71% $54.14
ONCE $437,660 5,428 64.07% $80.63
PIPPIN $589,427 6,929 87.49% $85.07
ROCK OF AGES $373,909 4,180 89.62% $89.45
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,739,131 8,752 102.63% $198.71
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $268,583 4,273 82.17% $62.86
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $769,927 7,926 97.32% $97.14
THE LAST SHIP $540,725 7,359 79.52% $73.48
THE LION KING $2,050,270 13,604 100.03% $150.71
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $975,371 11,088 86.36% $87.97
THE REAL THING $462,063 5,507 93.02% $83.90
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $421,840 5,378 63.36% $78.44
WICKED $1,806,175 14,715 96.15% $122.74
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $671,178 7,529 87.71% $89.15
Totals: $27,066,122 258,611 87.20% $100.81

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 10/05/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“You Can’t Take It With You” Showing Some Improvement

In the week ending October 5, 2014, the recently opened Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman 1937 comedy You Can’t Take It With You grossed $571,079. This is an increase of $189,751 from the week before, although that week was a $150,889 decrease from the week before that. This past week’s gross represents 57.91% of the gross potential. The reason these numbers are interesting to analyze is because the show opened at the beginning of this past week of recorded figures, on September 28, 2014. It received magnificent reviews, though the financial data is still bordering on mediocre. In particular, during the last week of previews, the numbers were particularly dire, reaching only 39.18% of the gross potential. This is partly because critics received complimentary tickets to review the show, along with the largely comp’ed opening night performance. Nevertheless, it appears the rave reviews were barely enough to get the box office back up to speed for the numbers it was doing in previews. Time will tell if word of mouth spread enough to make this a hit.

New Shows: “The Real Thing” and “The Last Ship”

The Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Real Thing began previews on October 2, 2014, running for just 5 performances in its first performance week. In that time, it grossed $264,607, which represents just 66.49% of its gross potential. Meanwhile, it filled 90.9% of the seats across the five performances, who represents a heavy degree of discounting and papering (giving out complimentary tickets). This Tom Stoppard classic stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Cynthia Nixon, and Josh Hamilton, and is sure to pick up at least somewhat as performances are underway. Meanwhile, Sting’s musical The Last Ship began performances on September 29, 2014, playing 7 performances in its first week. Over that time, it grossed $533,382, which represents 49.39% of its gross potential. It filled only 72.1% of the seats over those seven performances. The discrepancy between The Last Ship and The Real Thing, in addition to the number of performances, is that the former is a musical and therefore plays in a larger theatre, with a higher gross potential. In any case, it will be interesting to see whether critics and audiences alike will take to this somber musical set in rural England with a score by a Grammy winning Broadway newbie.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending October 5, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis 10-05-14

 

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $849,170 7,053 97.20% $120.40
ALADDIN $1,318,128 13,582 98.53% $97.05
BEAUTIFUL $1,279,354 8,271 100.77% $154.68
CABARET $537,342 4,632 64.84% $116.01
CHICAGO $479,306 5,935 68.69% $80.76
CINDERELLA $487,724 7,706 55.01% $63.29
DISGRACED $292,989 4,674 72.74% $62.68
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $528,099 5,639 80.00% $93.65
IF/THEN $456,099 7,946 75.76% $57.40
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,248,660 8,637 100.99% $144.57
JERSEY BOYS $844,166 8,256 84.04% $102.25
KINKY BOOTS $1,157,229 10,219 89.70% $113.24
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $762,599 5,651 103.57% $134.95
LES MISÉRABLES $666,437 7,589 67.33% $87.82
LOVE LETTERS $214,065 3,956 46.30% $54.11
MAMMA MIA! $659,381 7,874 84.41% $83.74
MATILDA $713,487 8,205 71.62% $86.96
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $981,415 10,300 85.43% $95.28
ON THE TOWN $565,544 11,625 77.54% $48.65
ONCE $358,134 5,617 66.30% $63.76
PIPPIN $402,674 5,148 65.00% $78.22
ROCK OF AGES $332,574 3,868 82.93% $85.98
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,611,038 8,739 102.47% $184.35
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $196,922 4,773 91.79% $41.26
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $501,192 7,063 99.12% $70.96
THE LAST SHIP $533,382 6,779 72.06% $78.68
THE LION KING $1,853,776 13,456 98.94% $137.77
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $818,490 9,955 77.53% $82.22
THE REAL THING $264,607 3,362 90.86% $78.71
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $358,375 5,472 64.47% $65.49
WICKED $1,406,222 13,235 91.45% $106.25
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $571,079 7,048 82.11% $81.03
Totals: $23,249,657 242,265 81.55% $92.25

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/28/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“On The Town” Demonstrating Limited Promise

Last week, On The Town began its run with just one performance, so it was too early to tell whether this ambitious old-fashioned revival would perform well out of the gate. Unfortunately, in its first full week of eight performances, On The Town still only grossed 29.19% of its gross potential. In the week ending September 28, 2014, the show brought in $518,116. Still, it managed to fill 70.0% of the 14,992 seats across the eight performances, which is testament to heavy discounting. Nevertheless, On The Town does have the apparent victory of increasing its gross the most from last week out of any show: it increased by $414,530, which was higher than all the other shows in terms of increase. However this number is artificially inflated because the show only played one performance last week.

New Show This Week: “Disgraced”

The Pulitzer Prize winning played Disgraced has begun performances this past week. Ayad Akhtar’s drama about Islamophobia and race in contemporary society transferred to the Lyceum after a successful run at Lincoln Center’s Off-Broadway Claire Tow Theatre through the LCT3 program for new writing. In its first week of only two performances, the show grossed $100,824, which represents 50.33% of its gross potential. Time will tell whether audiences take to this unusually themed play on the Great White Way.

“Love Letters” Struggling Despite Star Cast

A.R. Gurney’s two-hander Love Letters began its revival at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre last week, but even in its first full week of eight performances, it was the lowest performing show on Broadway in terms of percentage of gross potential. With a weekly gross of $178,812, it only brought in 20.15% of its potential, filling only 39.3% of the seats across the eight performances. This must have been quite disappointing for the two stars – Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow – who are used to attracting a lot of attention. Dennehy in particular is a huge Broadway star, whose most famous success was his lead performance in Death of a Salesman. Fortunately, the duo will not need to withstand the empty audiences for long, as first Farrow and then Dennehy will switch out to be replaced with a rotating cast of stars. Hopefully word of mouth will pick up as the run progresses.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending September 27, 2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 9/27/14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $807,444 7,093 97.75% $113.84
ALADDIN $1,293,112 13,504 97.97% $95.76
BEAUTIFUL $1,278,681 8,250 100.51% $154.99
CABARET $566,136 5,117 71.63% $110.64
CHICAGO $498,324 6,185 75.38% $80.57
CINDERELLA $568,115 8,438 60.24% $67.33
DISGRACED $100,824 1,583 86.22% $63.69
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $498,220 5,271 74.78% $94.52
IF/THEN $590,185 8,493 80.98% $69.49
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,261,025 8,554 100.02% $147.42
JERSEY BOYS $817,139 7,770 79.09% $105.17
KINKY BOOTS $1,230,190 10,522 92.36% $116.92
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $630,847 5,151 94.41% $122.47
LES MISÉRABLES $665,663 7,670 68.04% $86.79
LOVE LETTERS $178,812 3,360 39.33% $53.22
MAMMA MIA! $649,855 7,804 83.66% $83.27
MATILDA $776,248 8,761 76.48% $88.60
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $972,330 10,063 83.47% $96.62
ON THE TOWN $518,116 10,494 70.00% $49.37
ONCE $355,062 4,887 57.68% $72.65
PIPPIN $444,549 5,728 72.32% $77.61
ROCK OF AGES $315,948 3,720 79.76% $84.93
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,596,473 8,752 102.63% $182.41
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $225,325 4,927 94.75% $45.73
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $590,727 7,065 99.14% $83.61
THE LION KING $1,754,196 13,446 98.87% $130.46
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $834,859 9,996 77.85% $83.52
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $395,194 5,140 60.56% $76.89
WICKED $1,386,090 12,923 89.30% $107.26
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $381,328 7,384 86.02% $51.64
Totals: $22,181,013 228,051 81.58% $93.25

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/21/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“The Lion King” Is Box Office Gold

In the week ending September 21, 2014, The Lion King grossed the highest of all the Broadway shows: $1,740,907. Though it is not unusual for this top-grossing show to top the weekly charts, it is notable that the show is now officially the top grossing show in Broadway history, with a global gross of over $6.2 billion. This is even more than any film in history. The record was previously held by The Phantom of the Opera at $6 billion, but that has now been surpassed. The Lion King was also the first show to reach a global gross of $1 billion in its Broadway incarnation, and this threshold was also passed by the Hamburg production of the show as well as the U.S. National Tour. This week, that gross of $1,740,907 only represented 91.36% of its gross potential. With 13,600 seats to fill each week in the Minskoff Theatre, the gross potential for The Lion King is very high.

New Show: “On The Town”

The Lyric Theatre, previously home to the infamous Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, has a new occupant. On The Town, a revival of a wholesome musical from 1944, has taken hold of the venue. It began previews this past week, with its first show on September 20, 2014. In that one performance, it grossed $103,586, which is only 44.80% of its gross potential. Though it is unfair to judge a show from its first preview alone, it will be tough for this show to compete in this marketplace. With 1,874 seats to fill per performance, it was difficult for the spectacle-filled Spiderman to reach capacity in the Lyric. The next occupant was originally supposed to be King Kong, an equally spectacular show complete with a giant gorilla and a household name for its title, which may have fared better. However, when that show was postponed, On The Town volunteered for the vacancy. As this is a lesser known title, a revival, and a musical of the old-fashioned variety, it will be very tough to make the numbers work in their favor.

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

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/21/14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $915,495 7,289 100.45% $125.60
ALADDIN $1,276,833 13,475 97.76% $94.76
BEAUTIFUL $1,295,796 8,261 100.65% $156.86
CABARET $657,828 5,570 77.97% $118.10
CHICAGO $528,307 6,513 75.38% $81.12
CINDERELLA $466,579 6,732 48.06% $69.31
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $572,955 6,127 86.92% $93.51
IF/THEN $675,958 8,927 85.12% $75.72
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,277,059 8,623 100.83% $148.10
JERSEY BOYS $868,591 8,300 84.49% $104.65
KINKY BOOTS $1,323,036 11,086 97.31% $119.34
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $696,922 5,459 100.05% $127.66
LES MISÉRABLES $706,054 8,011 71.07% $88.14
LOVE LETTERS $162,749 5,407 63.28% $30.10
MAMMA MIA! $641,542 7,717 82.73% $83.13
MATILDA $672,778 7,776 67.88% $86.52
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,021,745 10,609 88.00% $96.31
ON THE TOWN $103,586 1,759 93.86% $58.89
ONCE $407,108 5,033 59.41% $80.89
PIPPIN $509,482 5,895 74.43% $86.43
ROCK OF AGES $337,242 3,888 83.36% $86.74
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,602,733 8,752 102.63% $183.13
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $230,242 4,322 83.12% $53.27
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $466,650 6,005 98.31% $77.71
THE LION KING $1,740,907 13,516 99.38% $128.80
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $840,392 10,155 79.09% $82.76
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $418,041 5,580 65.74% $74.92
WICKED $1,356,354 12,694 87.71% $106.85
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $532,217 6,831 79.58% $77.91
Totals: $22,305,179 220,312 83.95% $96.46

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/14/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Picking Up From Last Week

In the week ending September 14, 2014, the Broadway industry has picked up the slack from its poor week of returns last week.  Now that the fall season is officially underway, with new shows opening and others beginning previews, locals and tourists alike are finding their fare of choice.  In this past week, the overall gross for all running Broadway shows increased by $2,447,824 compared to the week before.  Furthermore, every single individual show saw an increased gross with one exception: The Phantom of the Opera, which only decreased by a negligible $21,679.  The biggest increase for any show that was running both this past week and the week before was Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which has now officially recouped at the box office.  It grossed $1,300,961 this past week, which was an increase of $223,444 from the week before.  The next biggest boost was seen by Cinderella, which increased by $140,143 to reach a weekly gross of $598,979.  This is however still exceedingly low, at only 37.12% of its gross potential.

New Shows This Week

There were three new shows that began previews this past week.  The best performing of the three was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, which transfers to Broadway from the National Theatre via the West End with excellent acclaim.  In its first week of four performances, this play based on the novel of the same name grossed $288,614, which represents 65.69% of the show’s gross potential.  These numbers are sure to pick up as word of mouth spreads, and especially after the show’s official opening on October 5, 2014.  The next new show was The Country House, which grossed $198,383 over the course of 7 performances.  This new play by Donald Margulies stars Blythe Danner, but in its first week the show only grossed 38.30% of its gross potential.  Time will tell whether sales pick up for this one, or whether it plateaus at some unprofitable level.  The third and worst performing of the new plays was Love Letters, which earned only $54,749 over the course of its first two performances.  This A.R. Gurney play will have a starry cast that will rotate over the course of the run, and presently the stars are Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy.  It is therefore surprising that the play has performed so poorly.  It is to be expected that sales will increase as the public becomes aware of the A-list names on that stage.

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

Broadway Show Ticket Analysis w/e 9/14/14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $848,790 7,257 100.01% $116.96
ALADDIN $1,312,257 13,616 98.78% $96.38
BEAUTIFUL $1,300,961 8,215 100.09% $158.36
CABARET $643,502 5,946 83.23% $108.22
CHICAGO $619,784 7,874 91.13% $78.71
CINDERELLA $598,979 8,506 60.72% $70.42
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $524,687 5,705 70.82% $91.97
IF/THEN $698,918 9,045 86.24% $77.27
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,230,603 8,569 100.20% $143.61
JERSEY BOYS $848,378 8,561 87.14% $99.10
KINKY BOOTS $1,228,758 11,168 98.03% $110.02
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $652,702 5,245 96.13% $124.44
LES MISÉRABLES $813,225 10,034 89.02% $81.05
LOVE LETTERS $54,749 1,375 64.37% $39.82
MAMMA MIA! $659,092 8,481 90.92% $77.71
MATILDA $805,004 10,050 87.73% $80.10
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,026,470 11,108 92.14% $92.41
ONCE $467,069 6,129 72.34% $76.21
PIPPIN $552,516 7,101 89.66% $77.81
ROCK OF AGES $360,561 4,431 95.00% $81.37
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,555,886 8,741 102.50% $178.00
THE COUNTRY HOUSE $198,383 3,704 81.41% $53.56
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME $288,614 3,801 93.34% $75.93
THE LION KING $1,725,567 13,478 99.10% $128.03
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $897,140 11,522 89.74% $77.86
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $372,793 7,164 84.40% $52.04
WICKED $1,462,840 14,352 99.17% $101.93
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $542,918 7,481 87.15% $72.57
Totals: $22,291,144 228,659 88.95% $93.64

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/07/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

A Very Slow Week For Broadway

In the week ending September 7, 2014, the entire Broadway industry saw a decrease in gross sales of $2,504,029 from the week prior.  Of the 24 shows presently running, only one saw an increase in sales.  That was It’s Only a Play, written by Terrence McNally and starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, and Rupert Grint.  The only reason that show saw an increase, however, is because last week it began its run with only 5 performances.  This week was its first full week of eight performances, and thus it increased its gross by $370,580.  However, the show’s gross potential decreased from 112.45% last week to 104.48% this week.  Even though that show is still performing amazingly for a new production of a straight play still in previews, it too saw a relative decrease from last week.  As for the other shows, every single one was in the red comparatively, with the biggest loss seen by Wicked, which earned $367,560 less this week than the week before.  Still Wicked grossed a respectable $1,340,668.

What Is The Reason for This?

The reason for such a steep decline can only be speculated.  It can be chalked up to the fact that we are in a transition between seasons.  We are officially out of the summer season, with Labor Day a full week behind us, and therefore most Americans who travel to New York for a summer vacation are firmly back in their school and work routines.  New Yorkers, however, are either still holding onto the idea of summer, taking last minute trips out of town while the weather is still warm, or they are also beginning to buckle down for the start of fall.  In any case, they are not focused on Broadway.  The exception is the new play It’s Only a Play which hints of more exciting fare to come in this fall season.  That show is attracting a lot of attention and sales, and its opening press is sure to make it an even hotter ticket than it already is.  We can trust that sales will pick up as the season is more firmly underway.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending September 7, 2014
Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis 9/07/14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $840,503 7,235 99.71% $116.17
ALADDIN $1,299,483 13,736 99.65% $94.60
BEAUTIFUL $1,077,517 7,244 88.26% $148.75
CABARET $623,833 5,522 77.30% $112.97
CHICAGO $559,420 7,152 82.78% $78.22
CINDERELLA $458,836 6,499 46.39% $70.60
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $514,411 5,622 69.79% $91.50
IF/THEN $589,923 7,882 75.15% $74.84
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $1,163,626 8,465 98.98% $137.46
JERSEY BOYS $799,476 8,087 82.32% $98.86
KINKY BOOTS $1,172,025 10,725 94.15% $109.28
LES MISÉRABLES $788,527 9,581 85.00% $82.30
MAMMA MIA! $616,314 7,773 83.33% $79.29
MATILDA $803,129 10,024 87.50% $80.12
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $979,034 10,715 88.88% $91.37
ONCE $420,739 5,512 65.06% $76.33
PIPPIN $492,718 6,370 80.43% $77.35
ROCK OF AGES $315,675 3,857 82.70% $81.84
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,532,948 8,751 102.61% $175.17
THE LION KING $1,677,604 13,396 98.50% $125.23
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $918,819 11,382 88.64% $80.73
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $367,207 7,220 85.06% $50.86
WICKED $1,340,668 13,507 93.33% $99.26
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $490,887 6,871 80.04% $71.44
Totals: $19,843,322 203,128 84.82% $96.02


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