The Grinch hasn’t just stolen Christmas. He’s also snatched the No. 1 position on Broadway away from perennial top dog “Wicked.”
Of course, the shakeup has a lot to do with the fact that tuner “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” ($1,567,294) performs a whopping 12 times per week, vs. the standard eight-perf week of the still-boffo “Wicked” ($1,450,534).
And any B.O. domination will necessarily be short-lived, since “Grinch” ends its seasonal run Jan. 7.
But with a holiday musical in the top slot, all of Broadway is feeling the holiday cheer, as December tourism boosted grosses for most shows on the Great White Way for the week ending Dec. 10.
There were seven tuners in the millionaires’ club, including recent addition “Mary Poppins” ($1,136,233), and “The Drowsy Chaperone” ($1,073,881), which touted its best week ever.
Below the top 10, “The Phantom of the Opera” ($777,490) jumped by more than $130,000, one of the largest bumps of the week. “The Vertical Hour” ($531,970) did strong biz, playing to houses of 95% capacity (not including a spate of comps for latecoming press), while “Company” ($523,178) broke the house record at the Barrymore.
Among shows that fell last week were “The Wedding Singer” ($455,116), down a bit as it heads toward its Dec. 31 closing, and “The Little Dog Laughed” ($210,420), still working to pull in crowds.
Of last week’s openings, “High Fidelity” ($282,734) rose slightly, with the prognosis still uncertain in the wake of mixed to downbeat reviews.
“Spring Awakening” ($182,541) dipped in its comp-heavy preem week, but since the tuner scored a slew of enthusiastic reviews Monday morning, box office wraps have been “very good,” according to producer Jeffrey Richards.
“It seems to be heading toward solidity,” he said of the show.