Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Labor Day Weekend Brings Love to The Lion King

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Aug. 31-Sept. 6: Labor Day Weekend Brings Love to The Lion King
 
Overall box office across Broadway crept up a bit last week, from $21,736,746 to $22,192,862, and attendance was up, too, by a couple thousand, to 208,797. The number of shows on the marquees remained steady at 24 for this unofficial last week of summer.

The revival of On the Town closed Sept. 6. Last week, the musical displayed a big bounce of a half a million at the box office, owing to the arrival of prima ballerina Misty Copeland to its cast. The show sustained that performance in its final week. The box-office take was $955,351, up $40,917 from the previous week. That made for 79% capacity houses and 53% of the possible gross.

<i>The Lion King</i>
The Lion King

Hamilton remains a honey of a breadwinner at the Rodgers Theatre. Running before capacity crowds, it took in 127% of its possible box-office (a number no other show began to approach), and commanded an average ticket price of $158.52 (second only to The Book of Mormon, which had a $172.57 average ticket price).

Hamilton also had the second highest leap at the box office last week, jumping $148,142 to $1,697,070. The top prize went to Kinky Boots, which soared $175,260, while the deepest drop went to The Lion King, which slid $93,758. Even with that, however, The Lion King took in more money than any other show last week: $1,741,459.

Among the long-runners on the boards, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder played to 84% capacity, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical ran to just below 100%, Jersey Boys saw 65% of its seats full, Les Misérables stood at 82% capacity, Mamma Mia! was at 96%, Matilda the Musical at 81%, The Phantom of the Opera at 72%, Wicked at 89%, Chicago at 78% and The Lion King enjoyed full capacity.

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