A midweek snowstorm didn’t keep auds away from Broadway last week: The street got its usual jolt from Presidents Day weekend, which sent grosses up to $17.2 million for 28 shows on the boards, up from $14.5 million the prior sesh.
Nearly every single production saw a sales boost. In many cases the jump was a substantial one given the lower box office tallies logged during the annual winter slowdown of late January and early February.
With out-of-towners encouraged by the long weekend to stop by New York and catch a Broadway show, many tourist-fueled perennials saw big increases, including “The Lion King” ($1,122,371), which rose by more than $220,000; “Hairspray” ($603,607), up around $200,000; and “Rent,” ($454,312), climbing more than $180,000.
Newer offerings felt some love, too, with “Tarzan” ($640,900) bringing in $175,000 more than in the prior week and “Spring Awakening” ($625,646) waking up to $110,000 more than in the previous frame.
Overall, 15 shows did more than $100,000 better than they had the prior week — and several of those did more than $150,000 better, including “The Phantom of the Opera” ($686,880), “Beauty and the Beast” ($688,072) and “Chicago” ($518,903).
The only two shows to slide a bit were “Grey Gardens” ($393,912) and “The Vertical Hour” ($287,971).
In its final week, “The Little Dog Laughed” ($240,935) saw a bump of about $50,000.
But another play, “Journey’s End” ($126,005 for seven perfs), continued to have trouble attracting auds. Revival is hoping for strong reviews from this week’s opening to give the box office a bump.