Holiday stuffs box office

Broadway grosses

Thanksgiving weekend pumped some much-needed blood into the hardened artery, as receipts jumped 25% to $17,364,990 and attendance popped up 13.7% to 242,173.

Receipts figure, for 33 shows, is still down from Thanksgiving 2003 ($18.9 million over 34 shows) and 2002 ($18.6 million over 33 shows).

All long-running shows saw increases and 12 of them jumped by six figures. “Beauty and the Beast” (up $371,903 to $910,981), “Phantom of the Opera” (up $367,816 to $876,865) and “Fiddler on the Roof” (up $345,503 to $787,189) had the biggest jumps. “Wicked” ($1,274,459) and “Avenue Q” ($520,331) had their best weeks ever and set house records at the Gershwin and the Golden, respectively.

Despite a rocky road to financing, August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” finally made it to Broadway, pulling in $194,516 in seven previews. “The Rivals” began at Lincoln Center with $98,762 in four previews.

The 20 musicals grossed $14,385,500 for 82.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 193,719 at 85.5% of capacity.

The 13 plays grossed $2,979,490 for 17.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 48,454 at 63.3% of capacity.

Average ticket prices were $74.26 for musicals, $61.49 for plays, and $71.70 for all shows.

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