Monday, December 06, 2010

Broadway Box Office Tweets - Week Ending December 5, 2010

George Gershwin Theatre Box Office (Home to Wicked)
Broadway Box Office Tweets - Week Ending December 5, 2010

If you follow me on Twitter, you most likely know that each Monday, I offer my quick analysis of each preceding week's box office on Broadway.

Some people live for the latest sports stats, while I love poring over each week's box office totals on the Great White Way. So, for your viewing pleasure, here are my tweets in chronological order for the week ending December 5, 2010.

3:30 pm December 6, 2010 - After Thanksgiving box office blowout, Broadway comes back down to earth with grosses down by 9.67%

3:31 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway grosses totaled $23,445,874 last week or an average of $651,274 per show

3:32 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway capacity down 2.03% last week to 71.62%, or 253,436 seats sold out of 348,912 possible

3:33 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway's average ticket price last week was $86.73, down from $89.14 during Thanksgiving week.

3:34 pm December 6, 2010 - 7 Broadway shows grossed over $1 million each: WICKED, LION KING, JERSEY BOYS, PROMISESx2, ELF, MERCHANT, BILLY ELLIOT

3:35 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway's highest capacity (102.5%) & top grossing play ($1,085,310): MERCHANT OF VENICE's avg tix priced: $131.30

3:36 pm December 6, 2010 - MERCHANT OF VENICE could easily earn more but it's regularly had 7 or less performances each week. Last week a "full" 7

3:37 pm December 6, 2010 - Who reigns atop all Broadway shows? WICKED ($1,566,919) by just $37,900 over LION KING ($1,529,019)

3:38 pm December 6, 2010 - WICKED remains Broadway's top grossing show with $1,566,919 on 94.5% capacity. Average ticket price is $114.62

3:39 pm December 6, 2010 - JERSEY BOYS has Broadway's highest average ticket price at $132.06 narrowly edging out MERCHANT OF VENICE's $131.30

3:40 pm December 6, 2010 - THE LION KING still going strong grossing $1,529,019 on 95.6% capacity. Average ticket price: $119.17

3:41 pm December 6, 2010 - JERSEY BOYS also remains strong grossing $1,237,955 on 95.4% capacity.

3:42 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway shows over 90% capacity: MERCHANT OF VENICE, SPIDER-MAN, LION KING, JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, BILLY ELLIOT

3:43 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway shows w/avg tix price over $100: JERSEY BOYS, MERCHANT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, ELF, LION KING, WICKED, ADDAMS FAMILY, PROMISESx2

3:44 pm December 6, 2010 - Playing just 5 performances last week, SPIDER-MAN grosses $919,457 on 98.2% capacity. Average ticket price at $97.11

3:46 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway's lowest grossing show: COLIN QUINN LONG STORY SHORT. Gross: $128,644. 47.1% capacity. Avg ticket price $58.10

3:47 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway's lowest capacity: LA BÊTE at 40.4%. Gross: $216,038 Average ticket price still at $66.41

3:48 pm December 6, 2010 - Broadway's cheapest ticket? THE PITMEN PAINTERS at $45.62 average. Gross: $154,367 on 65.1% capacity

3:49 pm December 6, 2010 - THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, closing this Sunday, was at 77.8% capacity. Gross: $282,465 with $50.43 avg ticket price

3:51 pm December 6, 2010 - BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON which posted closing notice grossed $315,796 on 58.8% capacity. $65.18 avg ticket price

3:52 pm December 6, 2010 - Billie Joe Armstrong can't come back soon enough. AMERICAN IDIOT grossed $424,812 on 43.3% capacity. $71.73 Avg tix

3:54 pm December 6, 2010 - Last week's closing notice for SCOTTSBORO BOYS helped it earn Broadway's highest capacity gain of week. Up 18% to 77.8%

3:55 pm December 6, 2010 - Week's biggest capacity decline? PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, dropping 25.8% to 65.3%. Grosses $690,663, down over $333,000


So, dear readers, do any of these results surprise you? Is you favorite show teetering on the brink of breakaway success or failure? Either way, or if you have any other observations worth sharing, feel free to comment below.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).


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