Holiday bounty at B’way box office

Passover and Easter in one week yields sales bounty

NEW YORK — A spring holiday that included Passover and Easter added up to major Broadway B.O. during Week 48 (April 18-24), with sales shooting up at the majority of shows, and 11 productions pulling in weekly receipts of more than $1 million each.

In a rare turn, “The Lion King” ($1,911,078) outpaced “Wicked” ($1,843,855) for the top spot, repping a particularly strong showing for a 13 1/2-year-old production.

Among plays, “War Horse” ($798,525) was the top draw, although “The Motherfucker With the Hat” ($621,266), boosted by good notices and star Chris Rock, saw sales step up.

“High” ($106,023), shuttered with the same low sales that plagued throughout its brief run, while “The Normal Heart” ($130,853) started slow in a full week of eight previews.

Broadway cume hit $28.8 million for 38 shows playing, with attendance topping 90%.

The 23 musicals grossed $23,468,640 for 81.4% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 249,457 at 96.5% capacity and average paid admission of $94.08.

The 15 plays grossed $5,379,263 for 18.6% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 79,819 at 76.9% capacity and average paid admission of $67.39.

Average paid admission was $87.61 for all shows.

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