Busiest Broadway week sees 18 shows cross $1 million
Sure, Broadway tuner “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has endured more than its fair share of media ridicule — but sometimes it still manages a superheroic feat.Take week 31 (Dec. 26, 2011-Jan. 1, 2012), when the show came cliffhanger-close to hitting the $3 million mark in sales from the single frame between Christmas and New Year’s. Topping $2 million was once a rare feat along the Main Stem.But the high-demand holiday sesh that annually rings in as the year’s most profitable included four shows at more than $2 million each: besides “Spider-Man” were “Wicked” ($2,712,535), “The Lion King” ($2,444,132) and the closing “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” ($2,056,957). Each played nine perfs rather than the usual eight, common among shows looking to capitalize on the timeframe’s tourist-boosted biz. Overall, the week left Broadway with broken house records as several shows pulled in venue-best numbers; every production posted an increase vs. the previous week. An astonishing 18 shows logged sales of more than $1 million each, helped by the year-end tradition of higher ticket prices. The cume hit $37,657,455 for the 34 shows on the boards, up from the $35 million logged last year at this time. Attendance hit 321,152, down slightly from the 330,000 posted a year ago. The 25 musicals grossed $32,940,313 for 86.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 246,720 and an average paid admission of $122.52. The nine plays grossed $4,717,142 for 13.5% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 58,151 and an average paid admission of $81.12.