Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 13-19: Fun Home Is a Full House and Audiences Pack An American in Paris

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, April 13-19: Fun Home Is a Full House and Audiences Pack An American in Paris
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.


The new revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater opened to great reviews last week. But that didn’t have much effect on the box office, as the musical had been selling out anyway during previews. It did the same last week and took in 64% of its potential box office.

An American in Paris also netted positive reviews recently. It played to auditoriums that were 93% full and collected 81% of its possible box office, climbing $322,908 higher than it had the week before. That was the biggest box-office boost of last week.

Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs in <i>Fun Home</i>
Sydney Lucas, Beth Malone and Emily Skeggs in Fun Home Photo by Joan Marcus

Fun Home, the Off-Broadway transfer, was another recipient of fine reviews. It performed to 98% capacity last week but took in only 44% of the box office. As many of its shows last week were critics’ performances, that may improve in time.

Finding Neverland also opened. It got mixed reviews, but it still showed well, commanding houses that were 98% full and taking in 81% of the gross. The fourth opening of the week was the new musical It Shoulda Been You, which won mixed-to-positive notices. Its seats were 77% occupied and its box office was 40% of the gross. The Heidi Chronicles, starring Elisabeth Moss, only played to 50% capacity and saw only 35% of its box office realized.

It’s Only a Play, the Terrence McNally revival, now has its original star, Nathan Lane, back in the cast, but the comedy has nonetheless not bounced back to the sell-out numbers its enjoyed during the fall. Attendance stood at 73%, and box-office collections were 61% of the gross.

Overall, Broadway lost a show, dropping from 35 to 34 attractions (Skylight is on hiatus), but lost quite a bit more in box office, sliding from $29,465,955 altogether to $25,889,319. There were significant drops in the till at Gigi, Chicago, Aladdin, Jersey Boys, Kinky Boots, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia, Matilda the Musical, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. This may have had something to do with the fact that spring break at NYC public schools ended last week.

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