Broadway Box-Office Analysis, June 1-7: The Pre-Tonys Rush Packs Theatres and Finding Neverland Is Doing Just Fine | Playbill

News Broadway Box-Office Analysis, June 1-7: The Pre-Tonys Rush Packs Theatres and Finding Neverland Is Doing Just Fine Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.


The week preceding the Tony Awards ceremony was sure and steady all along Broadway. The previous week pooled coinage collections to the tune of $26,921,735. This past week, the total across The Street was $27,734,699, a tidy increase. The show tally remained steady at 33.

Fun Home, which went home on Sunday with a heap of Tony trophies, did fine last week, playing to 104% capacity and taking in 87% of its box-office potential. The latter number will likely increase in weeks to come for the scrappy show born Off-Broadway.

Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer
Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer Photo by Carol Rosegg

An American in Paris, the musical based on the famous film, which didn’t win as many Tonys as many expected, sold out its houses last week and raked in 93% of its gross.

Fish in the Dark, the hit Larry David comedy, didn’t have a stake in Sunday’s ceremony — it didn’t receive any nominations. But it hummed along nicely, thank you very much, selling out the Cort Theatre as usual and counting out 120% of its potential box office. Finding Neverland was in a similar, though less bountiful, boat; it collected no nominations, but it played to seats that were 96% filled last week. Sell-out shows last week, aside from those mentioned above, included Skylight, Aladdin, The Audience, The Book of Mormon and The King and I. On the Twentieth Century, Wicked and The Lion King came close to that mark. Skylight and The Audience remain, as they usually are, the best attended straight plays on Broadway.

Gigi, the Paris-set musical based on the noted movie musical, performed before houses that were less than half filled last week (48.09% to be exact). Box office receipts were 30% of the possible take.

The biggest surge in box-office dollars belonged to the revival of Terrence McNally’s comedy It’s Only a Play, which closed this past week. Collections jumped $134,046 to $535,098. In its final week, the show saw 85% of its chairs filled, and took in 67% of its gross into the till. Not the numbers of its fall 2014 heyday, but not too shabby.

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