Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Dec. 29-Jan. 4: Wicked and Aladdin Show Off Box-Office Magic While Several Shows Close Their Doors

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, Dec. 29-Jan. 4: Wicked and Aladdin Show Off Box-Office Magic While Several Shows Close Their Doors
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.


As good as last week was on Broadway, this past week that bridged 2014 and 2015 was even better. Overall gross across Broadway’s 37 shows (one more than last week) was $42,773,882, roughly two million above last week’s take, even if the average ticket price was down five bucks to $123.30. Attendance, too, was up by almost 30,000 to 346,913.

Several shows broke box-office records at their respective theatres. Wicked set a new industry record for the highest eight-performance week in Broadway history with a box office gross of $2,740,642.

Aladdin grossed $1,842,291 at the New Amsterdam. That marked the fifth time Aladdin has broken a house record since opening on March 20, 2014.  The musical finished 2014 as the fifth highest-grossing show of the year, and the only show of the 2013-14 season to make the top five.

Another Disney attraction, The Lion King, broke the house record for an eight-performance week at the Minskoff Theatre with a gross of $2,514,893.92. That was the 24th house record set by the show since it moved to the Minskoff in 2006. For the second time in a row, the New York production topped the list of Broadway’s highest-grossing shows of the year. Broadway should enjoy the high numbers while it can, for next week will be a different story. Not only will the nine-show weeks that were common across Broadway last week disappear, but there will be considerably fewer attractions. Seven shows — Cinderella, Pippin, Once, Side Show, The Illusionists, The Real Thing and This Is Our Youth — closed on Broadway over the Jan. 3-4 weekend.

Two of those shows played to capacity houses during their final week: Once (which did as well the previous week) and The Real Thing, Cinderella, Pippin and Side Show, meanwhile, just missed the mark, playing to 99%-plus crowds. That showing was the best Side Show has mustered in its entire run at the St. James.

The Illusionists — which gave a whopping 12 performances over the week, and which has already recouped its investment — ran before seats that were 97% filled. And This Is Our Youth, offering nine performances, managed to sell 86% of its tickets.

The new kid on the block, The Temptations & The Four Tops on Broadway, began its run at the Palace playing to 75% capacity and culling 63% of its gross over seven performances.

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