UPDATE, Noon: More Broadway box office news after first paragraph: Broadway’s summer season ended with a fast break out of the starting gate as previews of It’s Only A Play, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, began at the Shuberts’ Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The Terrence McNally comedy, a revival, played to overstuffed houses and rang up 112.45% of its gross potential for five performances, a take of $793,046. It’s already got one of the Street’s highest per-ticket averages, at $146.81.
Broadway’s two other newcomers padded into town somewhat more quietly: A revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson, played a full eight-performance week at the Cort, taking in $390,372 — a bit over half its gross potential — with tickets averaging $60.65. At the Longacre, You Can’t Take It With You, headlined by James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne, also played a full week and did slightly better than half its gross potential, at $519,102 and a $65.47 average ticket price, according to figures released this afternoon by the trade group Broadway League.
For the week ending Sunday, total box office was up slightly from the previous week, to $22.9 million from $22.8 million, and over the same week a year ago ($20.5 million). Motown The Musical showed the biggest week-over-week increase ($120,962, to $1.1 million), and Wicked had the biggest drop (down $87,040 to $1.7 million). But shed no tears for either show.
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