Broadway Grosses: The Easter/Passover Bump
As the weather heats up, so do ticket sales as thirteen shows grossed over $1 million last week.
The last week of March saw huge gains for Broadway, with every show except Ann and Lucky Guy grossing more in ticket sales than the week before. Habitual top grosser, Wicked, took in $693,545 over last week's number while an impressive thirteen shows broke the $1 million threshold. This windfall can likely be attributed to the Passover/Easter holiday, which saw a ninth performance added for Wicked, The Lion King, and Newsies. It probably also signifies the first pangs of the tourist season, when out-of-towners with disposable cash flood Broadway houses. The average paid admission rose by $5.76 to $96.93, while 269,430 people took in a Broadway show last week — 47,022 more than the week before.
Here are the top ten:
1. Wicked: $2, 633, 547
2. The Lion King: $2, 385, 081
3. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: $1, 878, 326
4. The Book of Mormon: $1, 703, 714
5. The Phantom of the Opera: $1, 562, 855
6. Cinderella: $1, 414, 541
7. Annie: $1, 294, 508
8. Lucky Guy: $1, 250, 712
9. Newsies: $1, 191, 552
10. Motown: The Musical: $1, 164, 191
Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut, remains the only play in a top ten dominated by big-budget musicals. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark climbed into the number-three spot, bumping The Book of Mormon to four. Meanwhile, sales for Hands on a Hardbody continue to improve, climbing to $321,043, a 52% increase from last week.
All things considered, it seems that we've made it through the showbituary season and that spring has finally sprung on Broadway.