Broadway rebounded in a big way over Thanksgiving weekend. The 38 shows on the boards took in a combined $33,851,352. That was nearly $8 million higher than the previous week’s total. Attendance was up by nearly 20,000, for a total of 288,018. Average paid admission was $117.53, more than $17 above the previous week’s number.
Whereas most shows showed a slide in the week before last, a healthy increase — often in the six-figure range — was more the norm this time around. Long-runners The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin all posted breathtaking numbers. Aladdin took in $699,502 more at the till than the previous week, soaring to a $2,048,348 box-office total.
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The Lion King’s box office collections jumped by $723,998, for a total of $2,436,498. Wicked had the best increase of the week. It raked in $782,716 more than it had the week before, making for a weekly number of $2,290,873. (Fiddler on the Roof also shows a surge to the tune of $731,657, but that was due to having played its first full week of previews at the Broadway Theatre. The previous week it only performed four previews.) Other shows that registered a six-figure leap included The Phantom of the Opera ($382,555), The King and I ($306,445), The Illusionist ($220,500), The Gin Game ($119,114), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($166,586), The Book of Mormon ($368,249), Something Rotten! ($272,419), The School of Rock ($567,539), Matilda ($475,380), Les Misérables ($246,570), Kinky Boots ($135,260), Jersey Boys ($191,780), Hamilton ($383,123), Fun Home ($190,908), Finding Neverland ($317,109), Chicago ($152,485), and An American in Paris ($122,704).
As in recent weeks, the only sell-out attractions were Hamilton and The Book of Mormon, though The Lion King and Aladdin were mighty close.
Hamilton pulled in an impressive 137 percent of its potential box office, a number no other show approached. It’s total take was $1,833,886 and the average ticket price was $170.77.