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Broadway Box Office Down Post-Holiday; ‘Lion King,’ ‘Hamilton’ Lead the Way

The Broadway box office took its traditional post-holiday tumble last week, but seven musicals — four long-running favorites and relative newcomers “Hamilton,” “On Your Feet” and “Fiddler on the Roof” — still collected more than $1 million in grosses.

Overall, the 32 shows on the board grosses $26,330,471 for the week of Jan. 4-11, according the The Broadway League. This is down as expected from the $43,065,466 grossed last week with 38 shows, but up nicely from the $23,765,668 for 29 shows in the same frame last year.

The five highest-grossing shows, all musicals with eight performances, were: “The Lion King” ($1,812,024 for eight performances), “Hamilton” ($1,712,792), “Wicked” ($1,552,332), “The Book of Mormon” ($1,492,963) and “Aladdin” ($1,370,548). The four long-running shows saw sizable declines from their nine-performance totals of last week, while “Hamilton” — which played at 101.2% capacity — limited its decline to about $247,000.

“Fiddler on the Roof” ($1,051,184 for eight performances) remained strong even if it dropped sharply from its nine-perf total of the previous week ($1,725,264), while “On Your Feet” ($1,121,842) stayed above the million-dollar mark but was down from the Dec. 28-Jan. 3 frame ($1,495,724) when it also had eight perfs.

The shows posting the largest week-over-week declines while performing the same number of performances (eight) were “Les Miserables” (down $531,530: $713,975 from $1,245,505), “An American in Paris” (down $493,355: $855,948 from $1,349,303) and “Something Rotten” (down $394,979: $760,654 vs. $1,155,633).

The only four shows posting week-over-week gains last week were plays, led by “King Charles III” ($652,313 for eight performances), up from its seven-performance total of the prior week ($604,833). Also up were “A View From the Bridge” ($529,395 vs. $518,228), “The Gin Game” in its final week ($500,357 vs. $349,779) and “Our Mother’s Brief Affair” ($167,332 vs. $113,194), which is still in previews.

Also in previews, was “Noises Off” at the 740-seat American Airlines Theater. The play, which opens Thursday, grossed $366,803, playing at roughly 96% capacity.

 

 

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