Holiday Biz Dips

Receipts were down for Week 30 (Dec. 19-25), with Broadway’s Christmas stockings stuffed to the tune of $8,004,886, a 3.4% dip from the previous week. Attendance totaled 172,933, a 3.9% decline.

“Jackie Mason: Politically Incorrect” continued a two-week vacation, returning to the Golden Theater on Dec. 27. “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” closed at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Dec. 18, after 27 previews and 12 performances. “Comedy Tonight” ran for a week at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater and closed Dec. 25. “A Tuna Christmas” opened Dec. 15 at the Booth Theater.

While most shows declined, “Sunset Boulevard” climbed to $828,109, breaking its own house record at the Minskoff, and “The Phantom of the Opera” returned to its traditional above-capacity figures, taking $705,852. The steepest drops belonged to “Crazy for You” and “Damn Yankees.”

Receipts for the musicals totaled $6,587,618,82% of the Broadway total, with paid attendance of 141,305, at 77.1 % of musical capacity. Plays tallied $1,417,268,18% of the total, with attendance of 31,628 at 62.3% of play capacity.

Average ticket prices were $46.28 for all shows, $46.61 for musicals and $44.81 for plays.

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