Broadway Box-Office Analysis: Good Reviews Fill On Your Feet's Seats

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis: Good Reviews Fill On Your Feet's Seats Broadway bounced back last week. After a week that saw declines in box office and attendance at most shows, much of the news was sunny this last seven-day period, with all but a few shows boasting upticks at the till.

Cumulative box office across The Street rose from $22,819,827 to $26,640,593, a jump of nearly $4 million. Attendance rose by almost 25,000 to 264,573.

There were many big bumps all along Broadway, but the biggest went to the long-runner Matilda the Musical, which collected $255,675 more than the previous week. Also doing well were Kinky Boots ($238,210), King Charles III ($219,743), Wicked ($237,224) and Aladdin ($242,419).

On Your Feet, the new Gloria Estefan jukebox musical, which won good reviews last week, saw a leap of $123,518 and played to houses that were at 96% capacity. Allegiance, which opened late in the week, enjoyed 89% capacity crowds, while collecting 44% of the gross.

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Beginning previews was Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Lyric. Its auditorium was 58% full on average, and box office was just 30% of the possible over four previews.

While overall box office was up, sold-out attractions were nonetheless few: only The Book of Mormon and Hamilton. David Mamet’s new China Doll, starring Al Pacino, came close.

The week before last, China Doll pulled off the novel feat of having the highest average ticket price on Broadway. This past week, it came in second with $165.94, and The Book of Mormon reclaimed its crown with $171.53.

The best box-office performance, percentage-wise, went to Hamilton, which took in 118% of its potential take. In raw numbers, it also won. It took in $1,772,253 at the box office. Not even The Lion King collected more ducats.

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