Temperatures fell, grosses climbed.
Total Broadway receipts rose to $15,412,087 for the week ending Oct. 9, up a cool $3 million from the previous week. Cume also reps about a $3 million bump from the average take during the same sesh over the last few years.
Three shows took to the boards, with one of them, instant sellout “The Odd Couple” ($875,815), muscling its way into the top 10. That’s a great big tally for a nonmusical, courtesy of the massive draw of stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, the magical pairing that helped make “The Producers” a smash.
Remaining two debuts were the radical reimagining of “Sweeney Todd” ($432,904), already generating love-it-or-hate-it controversy among the legiterati, and “Jersey Boys,” starting slow with $266,976 for seven perfs.
Also notable was the bang-up biz done by the previously struggling “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” ($627,406), up a whopping $226,238. Show likely benefited from the Columbus Day holiday that coincided with its family-friendly five-perf weekend sked.
“Beauty and the Beast” ($603,526), “Hairspray” ($694,461), “The Producers” ($903,253) and “The Lion King” ($1,157,746) also topped their grosses for the previous week by more than $100,000.
The only noticeable drop came from “A Naked Girl on the Appian Way” ($237,241), down $28,896 because of a heavily comped opening week.
Meanwhile, even paying flop vultures couldn’t bring “In My Life” up past $128,728 and a mere 37.2% capacity, while “Latinologues” ($65,678 and 34.1% capacity) continued to hold out hope that its Oct. 13 opening night might drum up some visibility.