There was hardly a turkey in sight on the boards over Thanksgiving week, as the Broadway box office grossed $39,079,347—the highest in recorded history for the holiday—for the week ending November 26.
A total of 18 shows (more than half the shows currently playing) grossed over $1 million, including new arrivals The Band’s Visit (which broke the Ethel Barrymore house record with $1,309,956) and Meteor Shower (opening November 29) with $1,011,810.
Other shows to break house records in their respective theatres were Dear Evan Hansen ($1,950,121), in a week that also marked new headliner Noah Galvin’s first string of performances; Hello, Dolly! (also breaking the Shubert Organization’s record for the tenth time with $2,468,175); The Lion King at $2,651,314; Come From Away at $1,527,280; and Hamilton with an all-time high of $3,453,772.
With three fewer productions running now than during this time last year, a surge in average ticket price (with Springsteen on Broadway topping the list at $505) and seats sold at premium rates—not more tickets—accounted for the new record.