Tony nominations boost play's box office
“Fences” in Week 50 (May 3-9) became one of the rare nontuners to top the million-dollar mark in a single stanza, hitting $1,008,104 and breaking the Cort Theater house record in the process.Production, already a big seller thanks to the B.O. power of topliner Denzel Washington, was boosted by the 10 Tony noms the show racked up. Overall Broadway traffic for the week rose by about $1 million to $21.7 million for 34 shows on the boards, with attendance rising to 258,615. Receipts came in well above the $20.3 million posted last year at this time, although attendance lagged behind the approximate 265,000 in 2009. The 25 musicals grossed $18,297,458 for 84.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 214,894 at 80.4% capacity and average paid admission of $85.15. The nine plays grossed $3,446,936 for 15.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 43,721 at 64.3% capacity and average paid admission of $78.84. Average paid admission was $84.08 for all shows.