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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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/31/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

New Shows: “You Can’t Take It With You” and “It’s Only a Play”

There were two new Broadway shows that began previews in the week ending August 31, 2014.  First, on August 26, 2014, You Can’t Take It With You began performances at the Longacre Theatre.  This is the fifth revival of the Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman comedy that originally premiered in 1936, this time starring James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, and Annaleigh Ashford in an ensemble cast.  In terms of box office, the show is off to a moderate start.   In its first week of 8 performances, it grossed $519,102, which represents 53.80% of its gross potential.  In comparison, It’s Only a Play began performances on August 28, 2014.  Also a New York revival though a Broadway premiere, this Terrence McNally play features a cast of A-list stars including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Stockard Channing, F. Murray Abraham, Megan Mullally, and Rupert Grint.  The A-list nature of this cast is certainly showing at the box office.  In its first week of 5 performances, It’s Only a Play grossed $793,046, which represents a whomping 112.45% of the show’s gross potential.  This play looks well poised to take the Broadway fall season by storm.

As the Fall Comes In, Musicals Take a Side Seat

Throughout the summer, the big blockbuster musicals indubitably sold exceptionally well in comparison to plays.  In fact, for several summer weeks, no straight plays were running at all.  As new plays are beginning to begin performances on Broadway, and as the summer tourists are no longer arriving in full force, the bigger musicals are starting to show a slight decline.  The Lion King had a gross this week that was $23,364 lower than the week before, and Wicked declined this week by $87,040.  Furthermore, Mamma Mia! decreased by $52,645, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical decreased by $39,360, The Phantom of the Opera went down by $39,318, Cabaret decreased by $18,369, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch went down by $13,293.  Meanwhile, It’s Only a Play stormed onto the scene with $793,046 over only 5 performances, and This Is Our Youth increased its gross by $24,758 from the week before.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 31,2014:

Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/31/14

 

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $942,205 7,339 101.14% $128.38
ALADDIN $1,506,683 13,780 99.97% $109.34
BEAUTIFUL $1,243,050 7,738 94.27% $160.64
CABARET $796,251 6,437 90.10% $123.70
CHICAGO $589,219 7,411 85.78% $79.51
CINDERELLA $638,177 8,551 61.04% $74.63
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $635,445 6,560 93.06% $96.87
IF/THEN $672,147 8,186 78.05% $82.11
IT’S ONLY A PLAY $793,046 5,402 101.07% $146.81
JERSEY BOYS $834,445 8,333 84.82% $100.14
KINKY BOOTS $1,246,584 10,743 94.30% $116.04
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $558,256 4,715 98.76% $118.40
LES MISÉRABLES $878,730 9,423 83.60% $93.25
MAMMA MIA! $697,483 8,027 86.05% $86.89
MATILDA $1,096,864 11,398 99.49% $96.23
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,100,811 11,603 96.24% $94.87
ONCE $481,616 6,231 73.55% $77.29
PIPPIN $608,962 7,448 94.04% $81.76
ROCK OF AGES $372,667 4,199 90.03% $88.75
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,682,942 8,752 102.63% $192.29
THE LION KING $1,932,032 13,603 100.02% $142.03
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $980,290 11,260 87.69% $87.06
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $390,372 6,437 75.84% $60.65
WICKED $1,708,228 13,727 94.85% $124.44
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU $519,102 7,929 92.37% $65.47
Totals: $22,905,606 215,232 90.35% $105.10

 

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/24/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“This Is Our Youth” Off To Moderate Start

The Kenneth Lonergan Play This Is Our Youth started previews this past week, performing almost a full week of seven performances.  From those seven shows, the production grossed $365,614, which represents 58.20% of the show’s gross potential.  This is not excellent, but it is not bad given that the show has only just begun previews.  Starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson, the cast is indeed made up of some household names, but time will tell whether these young stars are box office gold, or just recognizable faces.  This show is also one of the first new plays to open in this fall season, and Broadway theatregoers may not have yet become aware that new shows are beginning to premiere.  In a few weeks, it will become clear whether this play will have legs this fall season.

An Overall Poor Week for Broadway

In the week ending August 24, 2014, the entire Broadway industry grossed $22,786,507, which was a decrease of $1,521,238 from the week prior.  It is the case that some shows closed and others opened, but generally it can be discerned that theatregoers are adjusting to the transition between the summer and fall season.  With the weather still hot and many vacationers still traveling, the summer musical fare is still doing much better financially than new plays such as “This Is Our Youth.”  After Labor Day on September 1, 2014, we will likely start to see an increase in interest in plays and a slight decrease in some of the larger summer blockbuster musicals such as The Lion King and Wicked, as New Yorkers and tourists alike return home.

Even the Big Musicals Saw a Drop

This week, The Lion King earned $1,955,396, which was a decrease of $253,086 from the week prior.  Similarly, Wicked earned $1,795,268, which marks a decrease of $231,434 from the week before.  In addition, The Book of Mormon earned $1,606,698, which was a decrease of $152,722 from the week prior.  Therefore, even the biggest musical hits saw a lessening of interest in the week ending August 24, 2014.  Nevertheless, each of these three earned at least 99% of their gross potential if not higher, so they can still rightly be called bonafide hits.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 24, 2014:
Broadway Show Ticket Analysis 8-24-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $898,629 7,332 101.05% $122.56
ALADDIN $1,512,983 13,777 99.95% $109.82
BEAUTIFUL $1,282,410 8,088 98.54% $158.56
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $630,257 8,995 68.98% $70.07
CABARET $814,620 6,706 93.87% $121.48
CHICAGO $569,511 7,045 81.54% $80.84
CINDERELLA $609,004 8,305 59.29% $73.33
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $648,738 6,175 87.60% $105.06
IF/THEN $688,053 8,433 80.41% $81.59
JERSEY BOYS $804,364 8,050 81.94% $99.92
KINKY BOOTS $1,131,425 10,423 91.49% $108.55
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $511,741 4,425 92.69% $115.65
LES MISÉRABLES $886,074 9,254 82.10% $95.75
MAMMA MIA! $750,128 8,572 91.90% $87.51
MATILDA $1,091,719 11,452 99.97% $95.33
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $979,849 10,372 86.03% $94.47
NEWSIES $878,556 9,285 97.94% $94.62
ONCE $425,535 5,619 66.32% $75.73
PIPPIN $614,901 7,309 92.29% $84.13
ROCK OF AGES $315,426 3,666 78.60% $86.04
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,606,698 8,752 102.63% $183.58
THE LION KING $1,955,396 13,608 100.06% $143.69
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,019,608 11,447 89.15% $89.07
THIS IS OUR YOUTH $365,614 5,772 77.72% $63.34
WICKED $1,795,268 14,077 97.27% $127.53
Totals: $22,786,505 216,939 87.97% $102.73

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/17/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

A Summer With No Straight Plays

As represented by the week ending August 17, 2014, the summer has reached the point where there are no straight plays running.  The only so-called play still running is actually a play with music, and could legitimately be deemed a musical – that is, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill.  This goes to show that the theatre industry truly goes in cycles, with the fall and spring seasons climaxing with a slew of opening intended to attract a range of clientele, including New York locals.  The summer season, on the other hand, is reserved pretty exclusively for tourists, who are more generally drawn to large-scale musical fare.  At this point in the summer, many New Yorkers are on vacation, or are concerned with catching the final outdoor bursts of enjoyment in their leisure hours.  Theatre, on the other hand, is reserved for the colder months for locals.

An Overall Decrease in Sales

This past week, the majority of shows saw a decrease in box office compared to the week prior.  As for the industry as a whole, the composite weekly gross was $25,177,910, which was a decrease of $332,330 from the week before.  Of the 25 shows presently running, only 8 saw an increase in sales this week.  The biggest increase was on the part of The Book of Mormon, which grossed $1,759,420, compared to $1,647,095 last week.  The bigger loser, on the other hand, was Aladdin, which grossed $104,809 less this week than last week, when it reached $1,602,785.  The only other shows that saw an increase were A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Rocky (in its final week), Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Cabaret, Newsies, Les Misérables, and Chicago.  In sum, these are either long-running musicals, 2014 Tony Award winners, or musicals about to close.  In general, however, it seems this week was a moderate one on Broadway, with few new shows having opened as the fall season begins to gear up.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 17, 2014:Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis 8-17-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $920,946 7,307 100.70% $126.04
ALADDIN $1,497,976 13,784 100.00% $108.67
BEAUTIFUL $1,301,425 8,104 98.73% $160.59
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $635,965 9,232 70.80% $68.89
CABARET $828,681 6,731 94.22% $123.11
CHICAGO $627,709 7,662 88.68% $81.93
CINDERELLA $741,574 10,187 72.72% $72.80
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $1,139,903 7,177 101.82% $158.83
IF/THEN $717,723 8,425 80.33% $85.19
JERSEY BOYS $808,545 8,329 84.78% $97.08
KINKY BOOTS $1,219,264 10,845 95.20% $112.43
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $506,840 4,452 93.26% $113.85
LES MISÉRABLES $990,003 10,089 89.50% $98.13
MAMMA MIA! $809,675 8,871 95.10% $91.27
MATILDA $1,127,748 11,459 100.03% $98.42
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $968,020 10,123 83.97% $95.63
NEWSIES $966,603 9,485 100.05% $101.91
ONCE $453,259 6,157 72.67% $73.62
PIPPIN $596,032 7,000 88.38% $85.15
ROCK OF AGES $342,772 3,978 85.29% $86.17
ROCKY $870,165 10,355 85.38% $84.03
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,759,420 9,846 102.63% $178.69
THE LION KING $2,208,482 13,450 98.90% $164.20
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,112,478 12,145 94.59% $91.60
WICKED $2,026,702 15,771 94.11% $128.51
Totals: $25,177,911 230,964 90.87% $107.47

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/10/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

Rock of Ages Not Seeing A Boost from Constantine Maroulis

The 80s rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages was at the bottom of the box office pack this past week, with a weekly gross of only $350,119. That was a decrease of $28,267 from the week before, and was equivalent to only 65.32% of the show’s gross potential. Performing even lower than musicals that have already announced closing such as Violet and Bullets over Broadway, Rock of Ages was aware that it needed a box office boost. That is why the producers decided to invite back Constantine Maroulis who originated the Broadway lead role in 2009, and then continued with the show through its national tour. Maroulis, who first came to fame in the fourth season of American Idol, and who then solidified his Broadway renown in the title role of Jekyll and Hyde, was thought to be an attractive box office name for this struggling show. However, in his first week of performances, the box office does not seem to have budged; in fact it saw a decrease. This is likely because the summer tourist crowd is not particularly aware of recent news of cast changes, and instead purchases based on familiarity with a show’s title alone.

Summer Musicals Performing Excellently As Predicted

In the week ending August 10, 2014, the top two grossing shows were, as expected, The Lion King and Wicked. The Lion King brought in an impressive $2,295,313, which was 100.08% of its gross potential, and Wicked reaped in $2,059,477, which was a whomping 122.51% of its gross potential. Though Wicked plays in a bigger theatre than The Lion King (the Gershwin has 15,424 seats to fill in an eight performance week, whereas the Minskoff has just 13,600 in the same eight performances), the difference in gross potential derives from the higher ticket pricing for Wicked. Whereas the top ticket for Wicked $300.00, the top ticket for The Lion King is a more affordable $197.50. Nonetheless, the average paid ticket for The Lion King this past week was $168.76, whereas the average paid ticket for Wicked was $133.73. With more seats to fill, they must be able to discount more heavily. Following these two top grossing shows, the top grossing shows in order were The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Beautiful, Kinky Boots, Matilda, The Phantom of the Opera, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, all musicals that broke the million dollar mark.

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 10, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-8-10-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $834,051 7,312 100.77% $114.07
ALADDIN $1,602,785 13,786 100.01% $116.26
BEAUTIFUL $1,325,505 8,217 100.11% $161.31
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $665,229 9,458 72.53% $70.34
CABARET $779,352 6,354 88.94% $122.66
CHICAGO $622,094 7,630 88.31% $81.53
CINDERELLA $788,538 10,665 76.14% $73.94
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $1,087,988 7,218 102.40% $150.73
IF/THEN $760,509 8,421 80.29% $90.31
JERSEY BOYS $853,728 8,393 85.43% $101.72
KINKY BOOTS $1,292,063 11,105 97.48% $116.35
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $567,272 4,633 97.05% $122.44
LES MISÉRABLES $983,256 10,193 90.43% $96.46
MAMMA MIA! $835,969 9,126 97.83% $91.60
MATILDA $1,196,626 11,496 100.35% $104.09
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $979,900 10,206 84.65% $93.01
NEWSIES $929,159 9,245 97.52% $100.50
ONCE $493,177 6,292 74.27% $78.38
PIPPIN $627,328 6,956 87.83% $90.19
ROCK OF AGES $350,119 4,052 86.88% $86.81
ROCKY $795,275 10,308 84.99% $77.15
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,647,095 8,752 102.63% $188.20
THE LION KING $2,295,313 13,601 100.01% $168.76
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,138,432 12,560 97.82% $90.64
VIOLET $416,276 5,863 99.85% $71.00
WICKED $2,059,477 15,400 99.84% $133.73
Totals: $25,926,516 237,242 92.09% $107.49

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 8/03/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” Soars Above the Pack

This past week, Hedwig and the Angry Inch may not have earned the highest gross, but it earned the highest amount in terms of percentage of gross potential. Whereas Wicked and The Lion King play in enormous theatres that allow them to gross over $2 million, Hedwig is playing in the Belasco theatre (which is only just over 1,000 seats), and yet it managed to earn 127.25% of its gross potential this past week. With a weekly gross of $1,061,754, the average paid ticket was an astounding $147.18, and the top ticket price is $248.00. Furthermore, the show is only mounted 7 times a week, whereas most all other shows play 8 performances a week. It is therefore especially impressive that audience demand has allowed this show to flourish so brilliantly at the box office.

“Bullets over Broadway” and “Violet” Floundering in Their Final Weeks.

These two musicals have already announced closing, but that announcement does not seem to have upped their box office sales. Bullets over Broadway, based on the Woody Allen film of the same name, will close on August 24, 2014, having played only 156 performances. This past week, it was at the bottom of the pack in terms of gross potential, having earned only 42.29% of this potential with a weekly gross of $641,157. That was a decrease of $22,793 from the week prior. Furthermore, the previous week also saw a decrease of $22,743 compared to the week before that. Meanwhile, the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Violet starring Sutton Foster has announced that it will close on August 10, 2014, after only 128 performances. This past week, the show was second to the bottom in terms of gross potential, having earned only 47.42% of that potential with a weekly gross of $365,789. Though this early closing is a disappointment, especially as Foster is such a big star, Roundabout is better equipped to handle this loss with its not-for-profit status than a commercial production would be.

 

 

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending August 3, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-8-03-14

Show GrossGross Total Attn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $950,133 7,322 100.91% $129.76
ALADDIN $1,570,266 13,784 100.00% $113.92
BEAUTIFUL $1,308,762 8,141 99.18% $160.76
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $641,157 9,028 69.23% $71.02
CABARET $839,690 6,868 96.14% $122.26
CHICAGO $614,092 7,583 87.77% $80.98
CINDERELLA $785,390 10,562 75.40% $74.36
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $1,061,754 7,214 102.34% $147.18
IF/THEN $780,181 8,533 81.36% $91.43
JERSEY BOYS $867,352 8,578 87.32% $101.11
KINKY BOOTS $1,245,947 10,972 96.31% $113.56
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $529,942 4,551 95.33% $116.45
LES MISÉRABLES $1,081,040 10,796 95.78% $100.13
MAMMA MIA! $804,605 8,938 95.82% $90.02
MATILDA $1,201,174 11,546 100.79% $104.03
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $1,016,377 10,893 90.35% $93.31
NEWSIES $919,050 9,289 97.99% $98.94
ONCE $512,632 6,840 80.74% $74.95
PIPPIN $615,505 7,308 92.27% $84.22
ROCK OF AGES $378,386 4,137 88.70% $91.46
ROCKY $767,519 10,152 83.71% $75.60
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,645,580 8,752 102.63% $188.02
THE LION KING $2,559,076 15,306 100.04% $167.19
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,149,037 12,647 98.50% $90.85
VIOLET $365,789 5,309 90.41% $68.90
WICKED $2,181,109 16,746 97.21% $130.25
Totals: $26,391,544 241,795 92.55% $106.95

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 7/27/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“Of Mice and Men” Breaks a Million in its Final Week

The revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men played its final performance on Sunday, July 27, 2014.  Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, and Leighton Meester, the show attracted a fair amount of press attention upon its premiere; however the reviews were mixed, with the celebrity appeal and inherent value of the classic play superseding actual praise for the production.  Nevertheless, in its final week, audiences flocked to catch Franco in his last moments onstage.  The weekly gross last week was $1,038,106, which was the first week the show broke through the million dollar mark.  It was also the first time it earned over 100% of its gross capacity, coming in at 109.97%.  The average ticket price was also at a high of $121.06.  The show even beat out some major musicals including this year’s Tony Award winning show A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.  These sales were likely helped by the recent announcement that this production will be the first Broadway show ever to be recorded and screened live as part of the National Theatre Live screening series.

“Violet” Gasping for Air

This Roundabout musical starring Sutton Foster has already announced its closing date: August 10, 2014.  In its final weeks, it is at the bottom of the Broadway barrel.  This past week, it grossed only $357,776, which was only 46.38% of its gross potential.  This is quite low, especially for a musical.  However, because it is produced by a not-for-profit theatre institution, this musical does not face the same commercial pressures as most Broadway shows that are fronted by private funds.  With a top ticket price of $142.00, the show’s average ticket price this week was $73.74.  Still, though Violet earned the title of lowest grossing show this week, it was beat out by one show in terms of lowest percentage earned of its gross potential. Bullets over Broadway, which has also announced its closing date of August 24, 2014, grossed a higher amount of $663,950 this past week.  However, because it is in a larger theatre with a greater earning capacity, it managed to bring in only 43.80% of its gross potential.  This musical, unlike Violet, is not backed by a not-for-profit theatre institution.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending July 27, 2014:Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-7-27-14

Show GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $944,778 7,330 101.02% $128.89
ALADDIN $1,512,464 13,775 99.93% $109.80
BEAUTIFUL $1,315,468 8,272 100.78% $159.03
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $663,950 8,985 68.90% $73.90
CABARET $834,470 6,790 95.04% $122.90
CHICAGO $626,904 7,598 87.94% $82.51
CINDERELLA $824,605 11,262 80.40% $73.22
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $1,068,441 7,212 102.31% $148.15
IF/THEN $822,516 9,283 88.51% $88.60
JERSEY BOYS $902,008 9,085 92.48% $99.29
KINKY BOOTS $1,305,460 10,997 96.53% $118.71
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $556,537 4,654 97.49% $119.58
LES MISÉRABLES $1,081,661 10,886 96.58% $99.36
MAMMA MIA! $788,598 8,863 95.02% $88.98
MATILDA $1,196,994 11,540 100.73% $103.73
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $991,495 10,220 84.77% $97.02
NEWSIES $896,763 9,461 99.80% $94.79
OF MICE AND MEN $1,038,106 8,575 99.90% $121.06
ONCE $472,176 6,218 73.39% $75.94
PIPPIN $676,450 7,673 96.88% $88.16
ROCK OF AGES $360,045 4,148 88.94% $86.80
ROCKY $701,805 9,278 76.50% $75.64
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,640,549 8,752 102.63% $187.45
THE LION KING $2,304,798 13,604 100.03% $169.42
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,140,517 12,634 98.40% $90.27
VIOLET $357,776 4,852 82.63% $73.74
WICKED $2,012,891 15,423 99.99% $130.51
Totals: $27,038,224 247,370 92.87% $107.68

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Broadway Show Ticket Sales Analysis w/e 7/20/2014

This week’s notable movements on Broadway are:

“The Cripple of Inishmaan” Ends on a High Note

The Daniel Radcliffe led revival of The Cripple of Inishmaan concluded performances this Sunday, July 20, 2014.  Throughout its run, box office sales were somewhat of a disappointment, hovering around $500,000 for the weekly gross.  However, in the final week of its run, fans did turn out to catch the Harry Potter star in his final performances.  In that week, the gross was a record for the show at $740,711, which was 76.35% of its gross potential.  Prior to this past week, the highest percentage for gross potential for any full performance week was 66.37%.  With an average ticket price of $88.63, the show was filled up to an average 97.4% capacity in the week ending July 20, 2014.

“Holler If Ya Hear Me” Also Ramps It Up, But Still at the Bottom of the Pack

Also closing on Sunday, July 20, 2014 was the Tupac Shakur inspired musical Holler if Ya Hear Me.  Unlike The Cripple of Inishmaan, this show closed much earlier than expected.  Still, in its final week, sales did increase, with a weekly gross of $266,984.  Still, that was only 29.11% of its gross potential.  Only running since June 2, 2014, this musical’s highest weekly gross prior to its final week was $170,652, which was only 21.19% of its gross potential.  This past week, the average ticket price was still only $39.51, and despite such heavy discounting, it only filled up to an average audience capacity of 76.0%.

Overall An Excellent Week For Broadway

This past week, almost every single show had a higher weekly gross than it did the week before.  The only one exception was the Idina Menzel musical If/Then, which had a weekly gross decrease of $27,115.  On the other hand, the entire industry was in the black, with an overall increase of $2,232,430.  The highest increase was seen by The Lion King, which grossed the highest of any show on Broadway at $2,431,017, which was an incredible $279,608 higher than its previous week’s gross.  Just behind was The Book of Mormon, which grossed $1,817,551, showing an increase of $196,277 from the week prior.

The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending July 20, 2014:

Broadway-Show-Ticket-Analysis-7-20-14

Show GrossGross TotalAttn %Cap AvgPdAdm
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER $957,145 7,345 101.23% $130.31
ALADDIN $1,542,832 13,781 99.98% $111.95
BEAUTIFUL $1,300,153 8,270 100.76% $157.21
BULLETS OVER BROADWAY $686,693 8,725 66.91% $78.70
CABARET $831,305 6,831 95.62% $121.70
CHICAGO $601,245 7,517 87.00% $79.98
CINDERELLA $747,181 10,225 72.99% $73.07
HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH $1,088,660 7,214 102.34% $150.91
HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME $266,984 6,758 76.04% $39.51
IF/THEN $773,533 8,680 82.76% $89.12
JERSEY BOYS $873,784 8,687 88.43% $100.59
KINKY BOOTS $1,314,190 11,042 96.93% $119.02
LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL $556,091 4,629 96.96% $120.13
LES MISÉRABLES $1,072,101 10,798 95.79% $99.29
MAMMA MIA! $774,592 8,766 93.98% $88.36
MATILDA $1,167,031 11,544 100.77% $101.09
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL $983,055 10,290 85.35% $95.53
NEWSIES $862,977 9,359 98.72% $92.21
OF MICE AND MEN $929,343 8,566 99.79% $108.49
ONCE $499,598 6,690 78.97% $74.68
PIPPIN $626,694 7,296 92.12% $85.90
ROCK OF AGES $340,633 4,066 87.18% $83.78
ROCKY $674,063 8,333 68.71% $80.89
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,817,551 9,846 102.63% $184.60
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN $740,711 8,357 97.36% $88.63
THE LION KING $2,431,017 15,155 99.05% $160.41
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $1,114,417 12,368 96.32% $90.10
VIOLET $327,327 4,696 79.97% $69.70
WICKED $1,966,367 15,375 99.68% $127.89
Totals: $27,867,272 261,209 91.18% $103.58

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