Departures cause Broadway box office to slide downward
NEW YORK — There was a pot of gold at the end of “Finian’s Rainbow” in Week 34 (Jan. 11-17) with the tuner revival’s box office spiking in its final week on the boards.
Finian’s” ($756,014) earned more in last-minute biz than in any previous week, landing the show — which has otherwise posted middling sales that could not sustain the production — in the top 10.
Overall, the second week of the annual post-New Year’s slide was one of ups and downs among individual productions, which netted a cume dip of about $1.4 million to $17.6 million, with the reduction due in part to the four shows that shuttered Jan. 10.
The week’s cume was up over the $15.1 million gross-gross logged from the same frame in 2009, and the attendance of 209,117 also was up from the 186,368 reported last year.
It’s worth noting, however, that here were fewer shows playing last year at this time (when there were 21 productions running) than this year (25), thanks in part to the recession-induced exodus of offerings that occurred a year ago. Cumulative attendance capacity last week hit 84% vs. the 81% from 2009.
Only other show to close last week was the Roundabout’s limited engagement of Carrie Fisher solo outing “Wishful Drinking” ($395,600), playing to 93% capacity auds.
The 20 musicals grossed $15,127,554 for 86% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 172,390 at 84.4% capacity and average paid admission of $87.75.
The five plays grossed $2,462,206 for 14% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 36,727 at 83.7% capacity and average paid admission of $67.04.