Box office slumps outside the millionaires club
Broadway box office descended from Thanksgiving heights in Week 27 (Nov. 28-Dec. 4), but sales were still healthy — at least at the more in-demand offerings, which saw some jockeying among the members of the millionaires’ club.In the horse race for the lead spot, “The Lion King” ($1,682,555) unseated “Wicked” ($1,656,955). Meanwhile, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” ($1,520,929) managed the unexpected feat of topping the stellar sum it logged during the Turkey Day sesh, vying with “The Book of Mormon” ($1,374,003) in terms of packed-house attendance (both reported averages of 102% capacity) and average price paid per ticket ($158.50 for “Jackman,” $157 for “Mormon”). Total Broadway cume fell by $4.3 million to $23.8 million for 33 shows. Unsurprisingly, attendance slowed considerably, falling some 25,000 to 245,483 and filling theaters to about 75% of overall capacity. The 24 musicals grossed $19,552,706 for 82.2% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 194,702 and an average paid admission of $100.42. The nine plays grossed $4,242,979 for 17.8% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 50,781 and an average paid admission of $83.55.