Most Broadway shows post uptick in box office
NEW YORK “Wicked” was on top and “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” swung back into town in Week 51 (May 9-15), when most shows were up despite a frame during which new offerings had to comp for Tony voters and road presenters in town for the annual Broadway League conference.“Wicked” ($1,606,974) climbed back above “The Lion King” ($1,562,498) after spending three weeks — an unusually long time for the consistent B.O. champ — displaced from the No. 1 spot by the Disney longrunner. Meanwhile, “Spider-Man” ($809,941 for five perfs) returned from a three-week retooling hiatus to resume its run ahead of its June opening. Overall sales climbed around $875,000 to $23 million for 36 shows on the boards. Attendance came in at 80%, about the same as reported last year at this time. The 22 musicals grossed $17,571,403 for 76.3% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 208,973 at 84.1% capacity and average paid admission of $84.08. The 13 plays grossed $5,457,810 for 23.7% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 70,274 at 71.4% capacity and average paid admission of $77.66. Average paid admission was $82.47 for all shows.