Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 12/1/2013

Wicked Broadway MusicalBROADWAY TICKET SALES SOAR
As history has shown, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest money-making periods for Broadway. This week was no exception, with Broadway ticket sales leaping from the previous week’s $23,426,994 up to $31,531,067 during the ‘Turkey Day’ holiday week and weekend. Clearly, once New Yorkers had sufficiently feasted, they were also ready to take in a Broadway show.

WICKED BRINGS IN MORE THAN 2.5 MILLION
Thanksgiving made millionaires of many Broadway shows this week, with a total of 14 plays and musicals making more than one million. And the top three shows — The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and The Lion King — all easily made over two million, with Wicked coming out on top at a whopping $2,625,327 in weekly grosses.

WINSLOW BOY CLOSES WITH DECENT SALES
The non-profit Roundabout Theatre Company’s latest revival, The Winslow Boy, concluded its limited run this past Sunday. The Thanksgiving holiday didn’t give it that much of a bump as, at a total take of $284,831, its final week’s gross was on par with recent weeks. The play’s average paid admission of $67.15 was unimpressive, but not unusual for Roundabout productions.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending December 1, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,121,799 7,164 81.28% $156.59
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $551,608 5,947 81.96% $92.75
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $317,171 3,368 55.32% $94.17
AFTER MIDNIGHT $666,512 6,099 73.59% $109.28
ANNIE $1,229,595 11,640 91.02% $105.64
BEAUTIFUL $628,436 6,229 75.89% $100.89
BETRAYAL $1,289,324 8,424 100.00% $153.05
BIG FISH $642,180 8,093 71.70% $79.35
CHICAGO $643,572 7,253 83.95% $88.73
CINDERELLA $1,046,663 11,182 79.83% $93.60
FIRST DATE $335,405 4,674 54.65% $71.76
JERSEY BOYS $914,762 7,912 80.54% $115.62
KINKY BOOTS $1,912,568 11,465 100.64% $166.82
MACBETH $276,033 4,274 58.32% $64.58
MAMMA MIA! $705,981 7,623 81.72% $92.61
MATILDA $1,657,599 11,544 100.77% $143.59
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,522,003 11,301 93.74% $134.68
NEWSIES $1,045,626 9,292 98.02% $112.53
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $709,855 7,643 89.04% $92.88
ONCE $843,325 7,862 92.80% $107.27
PIPPIN $1,070,681 7,974 100.68% $134.27
ROCK OF AGES $407,074 3,922 84.09% $103.79
ROMEO AND JULIET $329,489 4,003 37.94% $82.31
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $1,418,373 12,833 101.33% $110.53
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,161,225 9,846 102.63% $219.50
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $611,444 5,225 83.95% $117.02
THE LION KING $2,365,402 13,452 98.91% $175.84
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,220,246 12,181 94.87% $100.18
THE SNOW GEESE $150,473 3,546 68.19% $42.43
THE WINSLOW BOY $284,831 4,242 71.66% $67.15
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $826,487 8,165 97.11% $101.22
WICKED $2,625,327 16,678 98.15% $157.41
Totals: $31,531,067 261,056 83.88% $112.13

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/24/2013

Spider-Man Broadway MusicalBROADWAY TICKET SALES CONTINUE TO FALL
The (hopefully) lucrative Thanksgiving holiday can’t come fast enough this year, as Broadway has seen another dive in ticket sales this week. Overall Broadway revenue was down by well over one million dollars, with sales falling from $24,670,329 down to this week’s $23,426,994.

SPIDER-MAN ANNOUNCES CLOSING DUE TO WEAK SALES
The producers of Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark announced this week that the comic book hero musical would shutter in January, and a look at the numbers illustrates why. The cavernous Foxwoods Theatre was filled to 75.47% capacity this week, with the average paid admission at $80.23 per ticket. While this might not be so bad for your average Broadway show, Spider-man had a notoriously pricey multi-millionaire investment, coupled with high weekly running costs, meaning that it can’t afford to continue running with such modest sales numbers.

THE BOOK OF MORMON TAKES TOP SPOT
The seemingly never-ending wrestling match between Wicked, The Lion King, and The Book of Mormon for the #1 place on the Broadway grosses chart continued this week, but with an unexpected winner. This time, The Book of Mormon, which usually has to settle for 3rd place, or 2nd at best, actually won the battle and hit the top spot with $1,677,524.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending November 24, 2013:
Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,117,307 7,701 87.37% $145.09
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $414,591 5,403 79.55% $76.73
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $359,718 3,987 65.49% $90.22
AFTER MIDNIGHT $662,568 7,470 90.13% $88.70
ANNIE $730,228 8,926 78.52% $81.81
BEAUTIFUL $507,431 4,359 84.97% $116.41
BETRAYAL $1,240,802 8,424 100.00% $147.29
BIG FISH $453,940 7,223 63.99% $62.85
CHICAGO $397,564 4,992 57.78% $79.64
CINDERELLA $679,252 8,282 59.12% $82.02
FIRST DATE $279,966 4,576 53.51% $61.18
JERSEY BOYS $685,562 6,744 68.65% $101.66
KINKY BOOTS $1,567,701 11,278 99.00% $139.01
MACBETH $356,754 6,421 76.66% $55.56
MAMMA MIA! $476,789 5,887 63.11% $80.99
MATILDA $1,018,332 10,077 87.96% $101.06
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,255,847 10,525 87.30% $119.32
NEWSIES $688,579 7,908 83.42% $87.07
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $495,083 7,836 91.29% $63.18
ONCE $589,705 6,043 71.33% $97.58
PIPPIN $742,778 6,798 85.83% $109.26
ROCK OF AGES $324,010 3,799 81.45% $85.29
ROMEO AND JULIET $312,045 4,000 37.91% $78.01
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $766,811 9,558 75.47% $80.23
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,677,524 8,752 102.63% $191.67
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $561,563 4,961 79.71% $113.20
THE LION KING $1,560,773 12,946 95.19% $120.56
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $702,263 8,437 65.71% $83.24
THE SNOW GEESE $181,489 3,848 74.00% $47.16
THE WINSLOW BOY $271,373 4,299 72.62% $63.12
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $715,799 8,484 100.90% $84.37
WICKED $1,632,849 13,449 92.93% $121.41
Totals: $23,426,994 233,393 78.55% $95.47

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/17/2013

Il Divo

Il Divo

BROADWAY TICKET SALES DOWN BY A MILLION
While Broadway experienced a significant jump in overall revenue the previous week, the most recent numbers show that weekly ticket sales have dropped by nearly a million, falling from $25,659,018 to $24,670,329.

IL DIVO SERENADES BROADWAY
The Italian classical/pop quartet Il Divo, accompanied by Broadway and R&B artist Heather Headley, began a Broadway concert engagement this past week with Il Divo: A Musical Affair. If the grosses are any indication, Broadway audiences have been thoroughly charmed by the group, filling the theater to 95.54% capacity and paying the hefty average admission price of $141.57 per ticket.

A TIME TO KILL ENDS BROADWAY RUN
It was a time to close for A Time to Kill this past Sunday, as the dramatic play (based on the John Grisham novel of the same name) ended its open run after a short and unprofitable time on Broadway. Though the theater was more than 3/4 full during the show’s final week, the average paid admission was rather low at just $46.48.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending November 17, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,067,922 8,214 93.19% $130.01
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $281,423 5,614 82.66% $50.13
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $415,279 5,125 84.18% $81.03
A TIME TO KILL $227,390 4,892 76.25% $46.48
AFTER MIDNIGHT $635,690 7,156 86.34% $88.83
ANNIE $619,968 7,723 67.94% $80.28
BETRAYAL $1,243,485 8,424 100.00% $147.61
BIG FISH $465,471 7,942 70.36% $58.61
CHICAGO $447,810 5,561 64.36% $80.53
CINDERELLA $669,091 8,397 59.94% $79.68
FIRST DATE $307,911 4,854 56.76% $63.43
IL DIVO – A MUSICAL AFFAIR $1,308,223 9,241 95.54% $141.57
JERSEY BOYS $747,961 7,239 73.69% $103.32
KINKY BOOTS $1,617,270 11,329 99.45% $142.75
MACBETH $386,505 6,607 78.88% $58.50
MAMMA MIA! $468,848 5,604 60.08% $83.66
MATILDA $1,062,604 10,279 89.73% $103.38
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,306,070 10,978 91.06% $118.97
NEWSIES $670,758 7,741 81.66% $86.65
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $627,102 8,215 95.70% $76.34
ONCE $634,402 6,302 74.39% $100.67
PIPPIN $764,960 6,997 88.35% $109.33
ROCK OF AGES $334,693 3,938 84.43% $84.99
ROMEO AND JULIET $323,734 4,102 38.87% $78.92
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $742,595 9,540 75.33% $77.84
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,695,855 8,752 102.63% $193.77
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $626,521 5,313 85.36% $117.92
THE LION KING $1,437,598 12,064 88.71% $119.16
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $731,704 9,048 70.47% $80.87
THE SNOW GEESE $235,648 3,807 73.21% $61.90
THE WINSLOW BOY $291,311 4,323 73.02% $67.39
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $686,649 8,238 97.98% $83.35
WICKED $1,587,882 13,681 94.53% $116.06
Totals: $24,670,329 247,240 80.46% $94.36

Broadway ticket sales raw data are provided courtesy of The Broadway League All other data, text, opinion, charts and commentary are copyright © 2013 nytix.com

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/10/2013

Billy Crystal 700 SundaysBIG JUMP IN BROADWAY TICKET SALES
After a few weeks of falling sales, Broadway ticket sales made a big leap this week. Overall revenue swelled by more than $3 million, increasing from last week’s $22,476,709 to $25,659,018. This change is a strong sign that Broadway is officially entering its lucrative holiday season.

BILLY CRYSTAL PLAYS 700 SUNDAYS
Actor Billy Crystal has arrived on Broadway with a bang, starting preview performance of 700 Sundays at the Imperial Theatre this week. This return engagement of Crystal’s one-man Broadway show filled its theater to 87.20% capacity, selling tickets at an impressive average ticket price of $149.29, which already earned 700 Sundays entry into the Millionaire’s Club (at a weekly total of $1,147,436).

THE BOOK OF MORMON BEATS LION KING
Like last week, Wicked made the top of the Broadway grosses chart, taking in $1,864,819. However, perhaps the more notable fact was that The Book of Mormon came in second (at $1,767,155) ahead of third place finisher The Lion King ($1,705,540), which is an uncommon occurrence given the much smaller size of The Book of Mormon‘s theater and the enduring popularity of The Lion King.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending November 10, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
700 SUNDAYS $1,147,436 7,686 87.20% $149.29
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $354,837 5,865 86.35% $60.50
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $438,961 5,107 83.89% $85.95
A TIME TO KILL $230,794 3,991 62.20% $57.83
AFTER MIDNIGHT $585,515 7,076 85.38% $82.75
ANNIE $838,833 10,569 92.97% $79.37
BETRAYAL $1,245,258 8,424 100.00% $147.82
BIG FISH $600,339 7,595 67.28% $79.04
CHICAGO $575,717 7,122 82.43% $80.84
CINDERELLA $858,663 10,177 72.65% $84.37
FIRST DATE $399,240 6,002 70.18% $66.52
JERSEY BOYS $843,189 7,933 80.75% $106.29
KINKY BOOTS $1,671,806 11,433 100.36% $146.23
MACBETH $387,834 6,099 72.82% $63.59
MAMMA MIA! $645,791 7,715 82.71% $83.71
MATILDA $1,157,911 10,956 95.64% $105.69
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,333,883 11,085 91.95% $120.33
NEWSIES $749,821 8,110 85.55% $92.46
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $635,850 7,118 82.92% $89.33
ONCE $725,833 7,225 85.28% $100.46
PIPPIN $846,955 7,270 91.79% $116.50
ROCK OF AGES $406,067 4,372 93.74% $92.88
ROMEO AND JULIET $343,802 4,480 42.46% $76.74
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $810,162 10,036 79.25% $80.73
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,767,155 8,752 102.63% $201.91
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $674,956 5,575 89.57% $121.07
THE LION KING $1,705,540 13,398 98.51% $127.30
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $790,698 9,869 76.86% $80.12
THE SNOW GEESE $264,903 4,058 78.04% $65.28
THE WINSLOW BOY $264,605 3,922 66.25% $67.47
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $491,847 8,263 98.28% $59.52
WICKED $1,864,819 15,175 99.94% $122.89
Totals: $25,659,018 252,458 83.93% $96.71

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 11/3/2013

Mamma MiaBROADWAY SALES CONTINUE TO FALL
Whether it was the unseasonably warm weather in New York City or just the calm before the holiday storm that has kept New Yorkers away from Broadway theaters, the total revenue for Broadway dropped again this past week, falling from $23,158,295 down to $22,476,709.

MAMMA MIA! HAS A GOOD FIRST WEEKEND IN NEW THEATER
After a two-week shut down so that it could move from its original home, the Winter Garden Theater, to the Broadhurst Theater, Mamma Mia! re-opened on November 2 for its first weekend in its new home. The Broadhurst was filled to 70.90% capacity, with the show’s average paid admission at $86.60. Mamma Mia‘s two-day total was $286,371, which actually put it ahead of several Broadway shows’ earnings for the entire week.

WICKED COMES OUT ON TOP
Perhaps because of the hoopla regarding its 10th anniversary celebration in October, Wicked managed to get the top spot in Broadway ticket sales this week (The Lion King most often seems to reside in the #1 spot). The Book of Mormon and The Lion King were neck and neck for 2nd place at $1,699,199 and $1,699,647 in sales, respectively, with the mighty Lion King just narrowly winning the #2 spot.

The following are the Broadway ticket numbers from the week ending November 3, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $308,207 5,482 80.71% $56.22
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $388,662 4,716 77.46% $82.41
A TIME TO KILL $215,431 3,554 55.39% $60.62
AFTER MIDNIGHT $371,312 7,986 98.45% $46.50
ANNIE $534,060 7,297 64.19% $73.19
BETRAYAL $1,277,952 8,424 100.00% $151.70
BIG FISH $647,165 7,781 68.93% $83.17
CHICAGO $536,601 6,585 76.22% $81.49
CINDERELLA $682,960 8,738 62.38% $78.16
FIRST DATE $281,538 4,643 54.29% $60.64
JERSEY BOYS $754,241 7,528 76.63% $100.19
KINKY BOOTS $1,625,209 11,442 100.44% $142.04
MACBETH $389,377 6,082 72.61% $64.02
MAMMA MIA! $286,371 3,307 70.90% $86.60
MATILDA $1,084,210 10,763 93.95% $100.73
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,288,507 10,706 88.80% $120.35
NEWSIES $624,830 7,925 83.60% $78.84
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $557,098 6,727 89.56% $82.82
ONCE $678,136 7,072 83.47% $95.89
PIPPIN $779,078 7,284 91.97% $106.96
ROCK OF AGES $355,245 3,951 84.71% $89.91
ROMEO AND JULIET $331,348 4,847 45.93% $68.36
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $801,830 10,019 79.11% $80.03
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,699,199 8,752 102.63% $194.15
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $633,519 5,445 87.48% $116.35
THE LION KING $1,699,647 12,988 95.50% $130.86
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $836,302 10,312 80.31% $81.10
THE SNOW GEESE $258,152 4,116 79.15% $62.72
THE WINSLOW BOY $223,088 3,472 58.65% $64.25
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $590,481 7,988 95.00% $73.92
WICKED $1,736,957 14,472 100.00% $120.02
Totals: $22,476,709 230,404 80.60% $91.43

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/27/2013

Macbeth on BroadwayANOTHER SLIP IN BROADWAY SALES
New shows may be popping up right and left on Broadway currently, but at the moment the ticket sales numbers aren’t rising accordingly. This week saw a drop in overall Broadway revenue as sales dropped from last week’s $24,038,295 down to $23,158,295.

ETHAN HAWKE STARS IN MACBETH
With one Macbeth (Alan Cumming’s recent solo version) barely gone from Broadway, a new Macbeth arrives at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre this week to begin previews.  This latest version of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy, which features Ethan Hawke as the ambitious title character, got off to a good — if not great — start, with 86.53% attendance and a $72.18 average paid admission.  So far the production has done limited advertising, though, so once more people discover that Hawke is starring, that could affect sales positively.

A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE BEGINS PREVIEWS
The new Broadway comedy A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder starring Jefferson Mays gets off to a decent start as it starts preview performances at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Though it is coming to Broadway with little buzz, the show still managed to fill the theater to 82.33% capacity, but the average paid admission was a modest $63.66 per ticket.

PATRICK STEWART AND IAN MCKELLEN ON BROADWAY
Two of the stage’s most gifted actors, Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) and Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings), take on not one but two plays in repertory with the new productions of No Man’s Land and Waiting for Godot, which began previews this week.  At 92.54% capacity, they are not having any trouble filling seats, and the average ticket price is a very healthy $102.11.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 27, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $311,467 4,893 82.33% $63.66
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $433,141 5,143 84.48% $84.22
A TIME TO KILL $247,168 4,010 62.50% $61.64
AFTER MIDNIGHT $431,132 7,519 92.69% $57.34
ANNIE $654,875 8,926 78.52% $73.37
BETRAYAL $1,103,682 8,424 100.00% $131.02
BIG FISH $751,326 8,870 78.58% $84.70
CHICAGO $625,630 7,676 88.84% $81.50
CINDERELLA $715,196 9,261 66.11% $77.23
FIRST DATE $352,833 5,323 62.24% $66.28
JERSEY BOYS $869,462 8,468 86.20% $102.68
KINKY BOOTS $1,651,626 11,469 100.68% $144.01
MACBETH $196,181 2,718 86.53% $72.18
MATILDA $1,176,019 11,317 98.79% $103.92
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,425,902 11,691 96.97% $121.97
NEWSIES $784,099 8,903 93.91% $88.07
NO MAN’S LAND/WAITING FOR GODOT $202,787 1,986 92.54% $102.11
ONCE $703,982 6,933 81.83% $101.54
PIPPIN $904,108 7,698 97.20% $117.45
ROCK OF AGES $393,636 4,369 93.67% $90.10
ROMEO AND JULIET $363,076 4,382 41.53% $82.86
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $789,538 10,427 82.34% $75.72
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,733,532 8,752 102.63% $198.07
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $734,661 6,305 101.30% $116.52
THE LION KING $1,798,361 13,573 99.80% $132.50
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $960,578 11,564 90.06% $83.07
THE SNOW GEESE $251,343 4,872 93.69% $51.59
THE WINSLOW BOY $230,058 3,836 64.80% $59.97
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $669,342 8,143 96.85% $82.20
WICKED $1,693,555 14,318 98.94% $118.28
Totals: $23,158,295 231,769 86.55% $94.19

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/20/2013

After Midnight Broadway MusicalMODEST DROP IN BROADWAY REVENUE
Following substantial increases in overall Broadway ticket revenue during the previous two weeks, this week saw a fairly small drop in Broadway sales, falling from $24,614,027 to $24,038,295, a difference of about half a million.

AFTER MIDNIGHT HAS A STRONG FIRST WEEK
The new production After Midnight, a celebration of Harlem’s Golden Age of glamorous supper clubs and hot jazz music, began performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre this week and has gotten off to a very good start. Filling the theater to 97.57% capacity, the show came close to selling out, which is impressive given that it has had limited advertising and hasn’t had time to build word-of-mouth yet.  The cast, which includes Fantasia Barrino (American Idol, Broadway’s The Color Purple) and Dule Hill (TV’s Psych), has likely proven a big draw for many audience members, as well as the promise of great music by Duke Ellington and other jazz legends.

TWO SHAKESPEARE PLAYS START PERFORMANCES
It’s a big season for William Shakespeare on Broadway, with Romeo and Juliet already playing and a new Macbeth starring Ethan Hawke yet to come.  This week saw the beginning of productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night, which are playing in repertory at the Belasco Theatre. Featuring all-male casts (both star Mark Rylance, who has impressed Broadway in plays such as Boeing Boeing and Jerusalem), live music on period instruments, and stage lighting primarily by candles, these productions aim to bring the authentic ambiance of Shakespeare’s stage to the modern era.  They had extremely good attendance in their first week of previews (97.10% capacity), with a decent average paid admission of $76.43.

EIGHT BROADWAY SHOWS IN MILLIONAIRES CLUB
A total of eight Broadway shows made over one million dollars this week. The top three — The Lion King, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked, respectively — are the usual front-runners.  The three behind them are all hits from last season, Kinky Boots, Motown, and Matilda.  After that is Betrayal, the only production from this season that earned over a million this week.  In eighth place, just barely making it into the “club” at $1,044,707, is Broadway’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 20, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $397,767 4,980 92.36% $79.87
A TIME TO KILL $250,779 5,659 88.20% $44.32
AFTER MIDNIGHT $235,823 2,968 97.57% $79.46
ANNIE $708,039 9,177 80.73% $77.15
BETRAYAL $1,250,565 8,424 100.00% $148.45
BIG FISH $841,498 9,700 85.93% $86.75
CHICAGO $648,594 7,661 88.67% $84.66
CINDERELLA $789,856 9,758 69.66% $80.94
FIRST DATE $411,385 6,264 73.25% $65.67
JERSEY BOYS $967,800 9,111 92.74% $106.22
KINKY BOOTS $1,669,794 11,482 100.79% $145.43
MAMMA MIA! $894,941 10,063 83.97% $88.93
MATILDA $1,278,480 10,773 94.04% $118.67
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,464,583 12,133 100.64% $120.71
NEWSIES $803,577 9,042 95.38% $88.87
ONCE $745,326 7,216 85.17% $103.29
PIPPIN $957,303 7,930 100.13% $120.72
ROCK OF AGES $406,072 4,464 95.71% $90.97
ROMEO AND JULIET $447,953 5,619 53.25% $79.72
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $856,976 10,701 84.50% $80.08
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,767,297 8,752 102.63% $201.93
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $722,255 6,299 101.21% $114.66
THE LION KING $1,804,890 13,458 98.96% $134.11
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,044,707 11,915 92.80% $87.68
THE SNOW GEESE $280,700 4,886 93.96% $57.45
THE WINSLOW BOY $203,093 4,862 82.13% $41.77
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III $468,429 6,129 97.19% $76.43
WICKED $1,719,816 14,256 98.51% $120.64
Totals: $24,038,295 233,682 90.36% $97.34

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/13/2013

The Glass MenagerieANOTHER JUMP IN BROADWAY SALES
Total Broadway ticket sales continue to soar upwards as several new shows are in the process of opening on the Great White Way. Sales this week jumped by more than $3 million, going from last week’s $21,422,658 up to $24,614,027.

NEWEST SHOWS VIE FOR AUDIENCES
There are many new Broadway shows now competing to get audiences in seats right now.  So far Betrayal (which has movie star Daniel Craig in the lead) and The Glass Menagerie (which received glowing reviews) are the only genuine hits.  Most of the other shows — such as A Time to Kill, Big Fish, and First Date — are either struggling or doing decent business that is respectable but not necessarily good enough to keep them running very long.  However, even with less-than-stellar sales, many of these shows will make the effort to keep running for the next few months in order to take advantage of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, when Broadway inevitably sees its best ticket sales.

SOUL DOCTOR HAS A WEAK FINAL WEEK
The new show Soul Doctor, a biographical musical about the famed “rock ‘n’ roll rabbi” Shlomo Carlebach, ended its Broadway run without much advance notice this past Sunday, October 13.  Although Soul Doctor closed in a hurry, the writing was on the wall since it first began performances in the late summer, as the show never managed to do very strong business and was always offering considerable discounts on tickets.  In its last week, the tuner came close to filling its theater to 75% capacity, but the average paid admission was a mere $30.52 per ticket.

CLOSE RACE BETWEEN TOP FOUR BROADWAY SHOWS
Disney’s The Lion King came out on top this week with total earnings of $1,885,054, but its most close competitors came in very close.  Second place went to Wicked at $1,874,654, and third went to the smash hit The Book of Mormon at $1,844,539.  Coming in the fourth slot was Tony-winning newcomer Kinky Boots, which brought in $1,810,202.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 13, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $353,070 5,023 93.16% $70.29
A TIME TO KILL $278,494 5,464 85.16% $50.97
ANNIE $735,228 9,182 80.77% $80.07
BETRAYAL $1,112,027 7,371 100.00% $150.87
BIG FISH $856,110 10,112 89.58% $84.66
CHICAGO $684,614 7,961 92.14% $86.00
CINDERELLA $842,893 9,964 71.13% $84.59
FIRST DATE $448,331 6,559 76.70% $68.35
JERSEY BOYS $980,494 8,862 90.21% $110.64
KINKY BOOTS $1,810,202 11,480 100.77% $157.68
MAMMA MIA! $900,507 10,027 83.67% $89.81
MATILDA $1,430,085 11,499 100.38% $124.37
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,488,380 12,124 100.56% $122.76
NEWSIES $843,620 9,198 97.03% $91.72
ONCE $798,203 7,692 90.79% $103.77
PIPPIN $989,455 8,007 101.10% $123.57
ROCK OF AGES $399,628 4,090 87.69% $97.71
ROMEO AND JULIET $470,744 5,832 55.27% $80.72
SOUL DOCTOR $128,256 4,202 74.82% $30.52
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $956,929 11,243 88.78% $85.11
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,844,539 8,752 102.63% $210.76
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $724,363 6,327 101.65% $114.49
THE LION KING $1,885,054 13,603 100.02% $138.58
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,023,947 11,986 93.35% $85.43
THE SNOW GEESE $236,863 4,030 88.57% $58.77
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $317,826 3,148 98.71% $100.96
THE WINSLOW BOY $199,512 4,232 71.49% $47.14
WICKED $1,874,654 14,430 99.71% $129.91
Totals: $24,614,027 232,400 89.85% $99.29

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 10/6/2013

Betrayal Broadway ShowA SHARP UPTURN IN BROADWAY TICKET SALES
Broadway ticket revenue is indicating that the new fall season is finally getting into gear.  Total Broadway sales shot up from last week’s $19,453,418 to $21,422,658, a significant increase of nearly $2 million.

JAMES BOND COMES TO BROADWAY
In his return to Broadway, Daniel Craig (the current 007 in the James Bond movie franchise) is joined by his real-life wife and film actress Rachel Weisz in the Harold Pinter play revival Betrayal, and even in the first week of preview performances the duo are attracting big audiences. Performances were completely sold out, with the average paid admission at a hefty $149.34.

THE SNOW GEESE BEGINS PREVIEWS
The new play The Snow Geese, produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club and starring Mary-Louise Parker, saw fairly good attendance in its first week, filling to 81.10% capacity.  But the average ticket price was quite low at just $54.20.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending October 6, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $281,871 4,555 84.50% $61.88
A TIME TO KILL $215,552 3,784 67.40% $56.96
ANNIE $478,876 6,387 56.20% $74.98
BETRAYAL $1,100,818 7,371 100.00% $149.34
BIG FISH $643,550 10,434 95.40% $61.68
CHICAGO $555,450 6,939 80.30% $80.05
CINDERELLA $639,996 7,821 55.80% $81.83
FIRST DATE $324,767 5,410 63.30% $60.03
JERSEY BOYS $889,467 8,527 86.80% $104.31
KINKY BOOTS $1,629,721 11,469 100.70% $142.10
MAMMA MIA! $768,298 8,994 75.10% $85.42
MATILDA $1,170,047 11,250 98.20% $104.00
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,394,785 11,630 96.50% $119.93
NEWSIES $676,380 7,871 83.00% $85.93
ONCE $672,833 6,683 78.90% $100.68
PIPPIN $894,252 7,582 95.70% $117.94
ROCK OF AGES $391,241 4,331 92.90% $90.33
ROMEO AND JULIET $366,705 5,108 48.40% $71.79
SOUL DOCTOR $111,912 3,849 68.50% $29.08
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $654,748 9,392 74.20% $69.71
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,760,259 8,752 102.60% $201.13
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $641,797 6,162 99.00% $104.15
THE LION KING $1,722,720 13,287 97.70% $129.65
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $850,637 10,512 81.90% $80.92
THE SNOW GEESE $200,041 3,691 81.10% $54.20
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $673,002 6,474 87.00% $103.95
THE WINSLOW BOY $169,325 3,531 59.60% $47.95
WICKED $1,543,608 13,328 92.10% $115.82
Totals: $21,422,658 215,124 82.24% $92.35

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 9/29/2013

A Time to Kill Broadway ShowVERY SMALL DECLINE IN BROADWAY SALES
There was a small decrease in overall Broadway ticket sales this week, as revenue went from the previous week’s $19,497,278 down to $19,453,418, a drop of approximately $45,000.

A TIME TO KILL NEARLY SELLS OUT
The new Broadway play adaptation A Time to Kill marks the first time that a John Grisham novel has made its way to the stage, and even though it has only just begun previews, the production is coming close to selling out its theater at 96.67% capacity.  The average paid admission is a modest $70.81, though, indicating that the production is selling many of its preview performance tickets at a discounted price.

LION KING TOPS THE CHART
Disney’s The Lion King, the perennial Broadway favorite, took its much-frequented spot as #1 on the chart this week, grossing $1,710,914.  The Book of Mormon was a close second place at $1,699,204.  Those two musicals have spent most of the year being joined by Wicked in the Top 3, but relative newcomer Kinky Boots beat out the long-running Wizard of Oz prequel, out-grossing it by well over a million dollars.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers from the week ending September 29, 2013:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis

Show Name GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN $271,564 4,372 81.08% $62.11
A TIME TO KILL $54,952 776 96.76% $70.81
ANNIE $441,059 6,320 55.59% $69.79
BIG FISH $736,722 10,048 91.88% $73.32
CHICAGO $540,459 6,713 77.70% $80.51
CINDERELLA $615,987 7,689 54.89% $80.11
FIRST DATE $306,593 4,734 55.36% $64.76
JERSEY BOYS $861,977 8,531 86.84% $101.04
KINKY BOOTS $1,604,362 11,480 100.77% $139.75
MAMMA MIA! $725,606 8,688 72.50% $83.52
MATILDA $1,148,640 11,013 96.13% $104.30
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL $1,384,216 11,630 96.47% $119.02
NEWSIES $663,518 7,920 83.54% $83.78
ONCE $653,267 6,622 78.16% $98.65
PIPPIN $888,583 7,764 98.03% $114.45
ROCK OF AGES $377,822 4,259 91.32% $88.71
ROMEO AND JULIET $450,894 6,030 57.15% $74.78
SOUL DOCTOR $134,027 3,245 66.04% $41.30
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $621,960 8,950 70.67% $69.49
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,699,204 8,752 102.63% $194.15
THE GLASS MENAGERIE $511,429 5,892 94.67% $86.80
THE LION KING $1,710,914 13,586 99.90% $125.93
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $848,934 10,536 82.06% $80.57
THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL $566,482 5,769 77.53% $98.19
THE WINSLOW BOY $166,477 3,664 61.89% $45.44
WICKED $1,467,774 12,923 89.30% $113.58
Totals: $19,453,418 197,906 81.49% $90.96

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