Grosses Analysis: Broadway Newbies King Kong and American Son Draw Crowds in First 2 Performances

Grosses   Grosses Analysis: Broadway Newbies King Kong and American Son Draw Crowds in First 2 Performances
 
The two shows began preview performances over the weekend.
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Christiani Pitts and King Kong Joan Marcus

Two new shows offering two different types of thrills kicked off their Broadway runs over Columbus Day Weekend, both effectively drawing in early bird crowds.

Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington
Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington Sophy Holland

Click here for an in-depth look at this week's grosses.

The musical adaptation of King Kong, which began performances at the Broadway Theatre October 5, played to 100 percent capacity for its first two performances, grossing 93 percent of its capacity.

Meanwhile, the Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale-led thriller American Son reached 94 percent of its capacity for its first previews, also grossing over 90 percent of its potential.

Another recent arrival, The Ferryman, played six preview performances at 95 percent capacity. The Jez Butterworth drama grossed $572,006 (77 percent of its potential). With a lack of a recognizable title or marquee names, its starting average ticket price was below $100, but continued buzz for the acclaimed London transfer may aid in raising its figure in coming weeks.

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