Smarty-pants Matilda and her nasty crew had some good news and some bad news over the last few days. First the bad news: In a tough week for Broadway musicals, Matilda was off a bit over $526K, while still taking in a better-than-respectable $928K at the Shubert Theatre last week. On the bright side, the Royal Shakespeare Company import announced that the show, co-produced in New York with the Dodgers, has recouped the $16 million it cost to bring the show to Broadway.
Other shows taking sizable hits in the post-Thanksgiving lull were The Phantom Of The Opera, plummeting $345.7K at the Majestic; Cinderella, down $310K at the Broadway; Aladdin, off $243K at the New Amsterdam; Les Miserables, down $221.3K at the Imperial; and Pippin, off $206K at the Music Box, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League. Wicked dropped an impressive $617.2K at the Gershwin, but that was following a nine-performance week.
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Total box office for Week 28 of the 2014-2015 season was $30.1 million for 36 shows (including the special-event magic thing, The Illusionists, at the Marquis), down 11% from the previous week’s $34.1 million tally. Honeymoon In Vegas, the Tony Danza-starrer at the Nederlander, continued to inch up in its extended preview period, gaining $60K to hit 36.4% of its gross potential of $1.1 million.
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