Broadway Celebrates Biggest Box-Office Week in History

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The Fabulous Invalid enjoyed fabulous health and wealth last week. Boosted by premium ticket prices, a crowd of tourists, a favorable calendar, some extra scheduled performances, and relatively good weather, Broadway broke box-office records up and down Times Square for the week ending January 1.

The 33 Broadway shows took in $49,710,190—the highest total in Broadway history—with 359,495 people filling 96.42 percent of the available seats, according to figures supplied by The Broadway League. That total was up considerably from last year’s week between Christmas and New Year’s, which saw a $43,065,466 total.

The average paid admission for the week was $138.28, up from last year's $120.39.

Here is a complete rundown of the week’s box-office figures, courtesy of The Broadway League.

The Broadway musical Hamilton set an all-time Broadway record for a single week's box-office take, topping its own $3.3 million record from Thanksgiving Week 2016 with a new high of $3.335 million. Also topping $3 million for the week was Wicked, which earned $3.163 million over nine performances, and the 19-year-old The Lion King, which took in $3.098 million during nine performances.

Here are some of the other records set last week:

ALADDIN
$2,583,344 gross for the week (nine performances)
New house record for the New Amsterdam Theatre

A BRONX TALE
$1,293,125 gross for the week (nine performances)
New house record for the Longacre Theatre (surpassing Of Mice and Men)

CATS
$1,723,568.70 gross for the week (nine performances)
New house record at the Neil Simon Theatre for a nine-performance week

CHICAGO
$1,248,473 gross for the week (nine performances)
New house record for the Ambassador Theatre
Best week ever in Chicago’s 20-year history
Best single performance in the Ambassador history: $155,306.10 for December 28 evening

THE ILLUSIONISTS—TURN OF THE CENTURY
$2,397,106 gross for the week (17 performances)
New house record at the Palace Theatre
Record for highest-grossing magic show in Broadway history
Highest single-day gross in Palace history: $469,813 for December 28

JERSEY BOYS
$1,778,189 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record for the August Wilson Theatre
Best week ever in Jersey Boys history

THE LION KING
$3,098,330 gross for the week (nine performances)
New house record for the Minskoff Theatre

MATILDA
$1,902,366 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record for the Shubert Theatre
Final week of the run and best week ever for Matilda

OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY
$911,602 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record for the Lyceum Theatre
Best week ever for Oh, Hello on Broadway

PARAMOUR
$1,908,018 weekly gross
Best week ever for Paramour

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
$1,942,351 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record for the Majestic Theatre

SCHOOL OF ROCK—THE MUSICAL
$2,022,136.11 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record for the Winter Garden Theatre
Highest single-performance gross in Winter Garden history: $241,819.50 for December 28 matinee

SOMETHING ROTTEN!
$1,478,382 weekly gross (nine performances)
Final week of run and best week ever for Something Rotten!

WAITRESS
$1,331,954 weekly gross (nine performances)
New house record (passing Grease) for the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Best week ever for Waitress

(Updated January 4, 2016)

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