Broadway Box-Office Analysis: August 22-28

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Les Misérables continued its strong summer, while Hamilton was the only show to break $2 million.
1. A scene from LES MISERABLES.  Photo by Matthew Murphy.jpg

With the number of shows on Broadway down one last week, from 26 to 25, collective box-office figures topped out at $21,495,765, $1.5 million less than the previous week.

As has been the case much of the summer, the big musicals were the strongest performers, with Hamilton and The Book of Mormon selling out, and Aladdin, The Lion King and Les Misérables doing almost that. The latter continues to have a remarkably strong summer. It took in more than $1 million, making the old show part of an elite group. That intake constituted a handsome 92 percent of the possible gross.

The new musical Waitress seems to have lost a little bit of its mojo over the summer. It no longer sells out its houses. However, it still does quite well, last week selling 92 percent of its seats and collecting 86 percent of its possible box office. The show will no doubt be around for some time, but the arrival of autumn will show whether it can rebound to capacity status. For the time being, the days before Labor Day may be a good time for theatregoers to score good seats at the musical.

The best bounce of the week—$61,506—belong to the soon-to-close The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Not far behind were two shows that will also soon exit: An American in Paris (increase of $58,219) and An Act of God (increase of $46,358).

The new revival of Cats had one less performance than the previous week, and took a dip of $187,673 at the till. However, it still filled 91 percent of its houses and saw 72 percent of its gross at the box office. The Lion King also saw a six-figure slide of $114,732, but didn’t have a lesser show count to blame it on. Still, the show had little to complain about, bringing in 106 percent of the gross. That number matched that of Hamilton.

With Lion King taking that fall last week, that left Hamilton as the only show to tally more than $2 million for the week. That smash’s average ticket price of $191 easily outpaces all the competition by near $50.

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