Broadway Box Office Analysis, May 25-31: Something Rotten! Has Best Box Office Week Yet

News   Broadway Box Office Analysis, May 25-31: Something Rotten! Has Best Box Office Week Yet An Act of God, the comedy starring Jim Parsons as you-know-who, opened to largely good reviews this week. Over four previews and four full performances, the show played to 92% capacity and took in 69% of its potential box office. Three of those previews were critics’ performances. How the show will do at the box office under normal circumstances will be seen next week.

Something Rotten! has its best week ever at the box office, drawing 100.1% of its gross, and playing to houses that were 91% full. It collected $36,234 more than it had the previous week.

That uptick at the box office was a rarity this week. Most shows slid in their intake. The few shows that garnered more monies than they had the previous week included Fish in the Dark, Fun Home and The King and I, and only the last came close to matching Rotten’s showing in terms of increased earnings. (That said, all three of those shows sold out their weekly run.)

The stiffest drop was suffered by Beautiful, which plummeting by $235,946 at the box office, falling from $1,145,564 to $909,618. Even The Book of Mormon took a hit, dropping by $134,415 at the till. (It, of course, sold out nonetheless.)

For the record, the top-priced premium ticket on Broadway no longer belongs to Mormon. It is for admittance to Fish in the Dark at the princely sum of $497. Fish's top ducat is $475. No other show comes within $100 of those numbers.

Skylight—which announced recently that it had recouped its investment—continued to command good audiences, ensuring there will be profit on top of that recoupment. Houses were at 99% capacity, and the gross was 91% of the possible. The overall box office reflected all the individual losses. It was $26,921,735, a dip of roughly two and a half million dollars. Attendance was down $20,000. The number of shows held steady at 33.

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