Broadway Box-Office Analysis, March 30-April 5: Honeymoon Closes Up Shop and Fun Home Is Almost Full

News   Broadway Box-Office Analysis, March 30-April 5: Honeymoon Closes Up Shop and Fun Home Is Almost Full
Playbill's new weekly feature examines the box-office trends of the past week.


The musical Honeymoon in Vegas closed out its run this past week, but it didn’t go out with a bang. Houses were 58% full — about the same as the previous week, and box office was actually slightly down, bringing in 32% of the gross.

The David Hare revival Skylight opened to great reviews last week. It performed before 97% capacity houses and collected 74% of the potential box office. Next week, when all the critics have made their way through the production, those numbers will likely be higher.

The new musical Finding Neverland nearly played to capacity (99.76% to be exact). It collected $1,153,212, which amounted to 79% of the possible box office. That was a larger take by $106,218 over the previous week. Another new musical, Gigi brought in $584,883 over seven performances (a jump of $100,000 from the previous week), which was nearly 50% of the gross. Seats were 91% filled. Another new musical, Doctor Zhivago, played just seven performances, having to cancel one when its star, Tam Mutu, got sick, and the understudy was not yet rehearsed. Box-office take was $368,018, 33% of the gross. Houses were at 72% capacity.

Airline Highway began previews at the Friedman. Over six performances, it played to 70% capacity houses, and took in just 21% of its potential box office. Living on Love also began previews, at the Longacre. House were 74% full over five previews, and box office was 26% of the possible.

Of the other shows still in previews, Hand to God played to 77% capacity; Wolf Hall ran to 73%; An American in Paris saw 92%: It Shoulda Been You commanded 58%: The King and I enjoyed sold-out houses; Fun Home ran before 91%; Something Rotten performed to 95%; and The Visit had seats 72% occupied.

Matilda the Musical topped the box-office list in terms of gross, collecting 111% of its potential take (equaling $1,416,637). This was a couple percentage points ahead of the usual champ, The Book of Mormon.

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