NEW YORK — Broadway saw some big dips at the box office after its boffo Thanksgiving week, but biz stayed relatively hearty, with just over $19.5 million for 32 shows on the boards in Week 27 (Nov. 27-Dec. 3).
Sure, “Wicked” was down $300,000, but it still raked in $1,413,336, keeping it at the top of the heap as usual. “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” ($1,411,527) nipped at its heels for the second week in a row.
“Jersey Boys” barely registered a drop, while “Mary Poppins” stuck it out above the $1 million mark and gave a whack of her umbrella to “The Lion King,” which came in behind the newer Disney tuner for the first time.
“The Color Purple” hasn’t yet seen a holiday bump into the stratosphere, but last week the year-old show did tout the recoupment of its $11 million capitalization.
Long-runners generally experienced sizable dips — among them “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Beauty and the Beast” — while the newly remounted “Les Miserables” performed more like an old warhorse than a young colt, falling off by about $250,000.
Some newer productions defied the week’s downward trend, including “Grey Gardens,” up $50,000.
Among the just-opened, “Company” rose a bit while “The Vertical Hour” was down due to its comp-heavy opening week. It remains too soon to say how critical reaction (generally favorable for “Company,” varied for “Hour”) will affect biz.
The one addition to the Broadway slate, Kristin Chenoweth starrer “The Apple Tree,” played its first seven previews and had $273,941 to show for it.
The 27 musicals grossed $18,501,781 for 93.1% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 229,932 at 77.8% capacity.
The five plays grossed $1,375,841 for 6.9% of the Broadway total, with attendance of 21,684 at 60.4% capacity.
Average paid admission was $80.47 for musicals, $63.45 for plays and $79.00 for all shows.