In The Week Ending June 22, 2014, The Entire Broadway Industry Saw An Increase In Sales, With Only Seven Of The 34 Running Shows Decreasing.
Ticket Sales Have Risen Along With The Temperature
As we are officially in the summer season, and the weather is consistently lovely, the Broadway industry is seeing a healthy season of sales. In the week ending June 22, 2014, the collective total of Broadway shows saw an increase of $1,513,333 from the week before. Of the 34 shows presently running, only seven earned less money this week than the week prior, with the rest seeing an increase in ticket sales.
The biggest increase was seen by All the Way, which won the Tony Award for Best Play (along with a slew of other honors this season), and which is playing a strictly limited engagement; it will be forced to close in August due to the schedule of its cast. It earned $195,542 more this week from the previous week, when it had already seen a healthy increase.
"Casa Valentina" Set To Close This Summer
The biggest loser this week is Casa Valentina, which earned $73,413 less than the previous week, only bringing in a total weekly gross of $182,859. That play will also be closing this summer, but it has done much less well in terms of both box office and awards this season.
Summer Blockbuster Musicals
Also with the summer season officially underway, it is becoming clear which shows will be the big summer blockbusters. Unsurprisingly, the biggest earners this week were the megahit musicals The Lion King and Wicked, which brought in $2,098,868 and $2,027,347 respectively.
Playing in a much smaller theatre, but performing equally well in terms of gross potential, was The Book of Mormon, which brought in $1,641,677 this past week. Not far behind is All the Way with $1,425,001, which is an immense accomplishment to be the fourth highest earner as a straight play, when musicals have a greater earning potential as well as a bigger precedent for attracting the big bucks at the box office.
Broadway's Million-Dollar Club
In order, the next biggest grosses were achieved by Kinky Boots, Aladdin, Beautiful, Matilda, Les Misérables, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Motown the Musical, and The Phantom of the Opera. All of those titles were in the million-dollar club this past week.
Trailing not too far behind were A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as Jersey Boys, a long-running hit whose movie adaptation is just hitting the theaters.
The following are the Broadway ticket sales numbers for the week ending June 22, 2014:
|A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER||$901,367||7,212||99.39%||$124.98|
|ALL THE WAY||$1,425,001||10,687||93.94%||$133.34|
|BULLETS OVER BROADWAY||$756,559||8,351||64.04%||$90.60|
|HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH||$1,069,433||7,210||102.28%||$148.33|
|HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME||$170,652||5,196||58.46%||$32.84|
|LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL||$575,156||5,045||92.47%||$114.01|
|MOTHERS AND SONS||$253,788||3,903||60.83%||$65.02|
|MOTOWN THE MUSICAL||$1,061,896||10,705||88.79%||$99.20|
|OF MICE AND MEN||$855,987||8,410||97.97%||$101.78|
|ROCK OF AGES||$341,945||4,080||87.48%||$83.81|
|THE BOOK OF MORMON||$1,641,677||8,752||102.63%||$187.58|
|THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN||$502,457||5,677||66.13%||$88.51|
|THE LION KING||$2,098,868||13,602||100.01%||$154.31|
|THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA||$1,030,511||11,828||92.12%||$87.12|
|THE REALISTIC JONESES||$419,041||5,210||74.68%||$80.43|
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