Broadway grosses

NEW YORK — Presidents’ Day weekend and the start of midwinter academic breaks helped give Broadway a boost in Week 38 (Feb. 11-17), with nearly every show on the boards seeing week-to-week climbs at the B.O. — and sales instantly heating up over at “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The starry revival, with a cast toplined by Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, brought in $678,305 in its first eight previews, playing to houses filled to 88% capacity.

Meanwhile, crowdpleasing tuners benefited from the influx of holiday weekend biz. “The Color Purple” ($735,311) jumped by more than $290,000, and “Mary Poppins” ($975,067) floated up almost $245,000. “Rent” ($526,013), “The Lion King” ($1,168,780) and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” ($826,302) all went up by more than $200,000 each.

But those weren’t the only musicals with rising receipts. “Hairspray” ($750,390), “Legally Blonde” ($738,942), “Chicago” ($485,269), “Grease” ($711,050) and “The Phantom of the Opera” ($726,995) stepped up by more than $150,000 each, while “Curtains” ($582,440) and “Spring Awakening” ($607,961) also saw six-figure increases.

The only downturn of the frame was a negligible $5,000 slip at “Sunday in the Park with George” ($367,988), attributable to the start of press perfs over the weekend.

The lineup of plays weren’t left out of the good news, even if they got predictably smaller bumps. “November” ($446,566), up more than $65,000, saw the largest nontuner increase of the frame, with “A Bronx Tale” ($317,358) and “The Farnsworth Invention” ($250,039) climbing almost as much. “August: Osage County” ($571,349) and “Is He Dead?” ($209,776) were both up around $35,000 each.

Of previewing tuners, “In the Heights” ($366,862) played its first six perfs to auds at 83% capacity, while “Passing Strange” ($101,495) struggled to pull in theatergoers.

The 23 musicals grossed $15,070,053 ($16,210,053 estimated) for 80.2% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 196,852 at 88% capacity and average paid admission of $76.56.

The 11 plays grossed $3,732,052 for 19.8% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 56,779 at 75.3% capacity and average paid admission of $65.73.

Average paid admission was $74.13 for all shows.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more