Ticket sales drop as spring break fades

Broadway Grosses

NEW YORK — With the tourist-heavy spring break season winding down, Broadway grosses dipped (Week 48, April 20-26) for most productions on the boards.

Total sales fell a bit more than $2 million to $19.2 million for 35 shows now playing. The same frame in 2008 logged an increase — although that year a late Easter and its attendant box office boost, came during this late-April sesh.

Despite the overall downward trend, five tuners held onto their spots in the millionaires’ club, including this season’s “West Side Story” ($1,191,832) and “Billy Elliot” ($1,158,560).

The 20 musicals grossed $14,654,391 for 76.2% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 186,804 at 89.8% capacity and average paid admission of $78.45.

The 14 plays grossed $4,583,062 for 23.8% of the Broadway total, with an attendance of 75,438 at 61.8% capacity and average paid admission of $60.75.

Average paid admission was $73.36 for all shows.

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