By Joanne Von Furstenburg | Posted on June 06, 2018 10:04 AM
The Broadway Box Office Took a Dip in the Week Before the Week Leading up to the Tony Awards, and Hamilton broke $3 million.
Box Office Drops Across the Board
For the week ending June 3, the Broadway box office went down by $1,866,622, across the 34 shows currently running. The biggest decrease was seen by Springsteen on Broadway, which dropped by $477,405 to reach a weekly gross of $1,929,448, or 101.2% of its gross potential, which is the normal fluctuation to a 4 performance week down from 5. The next biggest decrease was seen by Hello, Dolly! which went down by $145,195 to reach a weekly gross of $844,173, or 61.6% of its gross potential. Many months after Midler has departed, but before her triumphant return to close out the run, this musical revival is losing steam.
The Boys in the Band saw a decrease from its extraordinary levels, going down by $121,511 to reach a weekly gross of $881,039, or 92.1% of gross potential. The Iceman Cometh also saw a big drop of $113,193 to reach a weekly gross of $872,250, or 73.0% of gross potential. Meanwhile, Carousel went down by $111,755 to reach a weekly gross of $968,408, or 59.7% of gross potential, and Chicago went down by $98,692 to reach a weekly gross of $651,540, or 68.0% of gross potential. Overall, the per-show average went down from last week’s figure of $1,146,282 to this week’s per-show average of $1,091,381. This amounts to an average gross potential of 77.33% across the board.
Hamilton Increases the Most of Any Show
After a string of progressively decreasing weekly grosses, Hamilton is catching back up. This past week, it went up by $136,054 to reach a weekly gross of $3,123,872, or 107.9% of its gross potential. With a top ticket price of $849, the average paid admission was $290.46, and the audience was filled up to 101.8% of its capacity on average. This also makes Hamilton the biggest earner by a huge margin. The next biggest earner was The Lion King, which brought in $2,184,714, almost an entire $1 million less than Hamilton.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also brought in over $2 million. For a double-header, this is a significant sum indeed. Leading up to the Tonys, it makes sense that the most promising contender for Best Play had a good week. Of the Best Musical contenders, the highest weekly gross was earned by Frozen, which brought in $1,813,959, or 96.9% of its potential. Mean Girls brought in $1,537,690, or 104.6%, The Band’s Visit brought in $862,762, or 84.2% and SpongeBob SquarePants brought in $774,588, or 55.0% of gross potential. Will these numbers add up to a Tony Award? Find out on Sunday.