Broadway Box Office Dips; ‘Band’s Visit’, ‘SpongeBob’ Join The SRO Club

Joan Marcus

The Broadway box office took a slight dip last week, off by $900K or about 2.5 per cent from the week before, but there probably won’t be much complaining as Christmas and the New Year celebrations kick in this week. The shrinkage at the hits was negligible: Hamilton‘s $82K drop still had the show grossing 7 per cent above potential; Hello, Dolly! was off $70K and still managed to sell a whopping 33 per cent above its potential.

The Julie Taymor-directed revival of M. Butterfly, with Clive Owen, shuttered extra early and didn’t manage the usual farewell boost, closing out the week $21K behind the previous stand and taking in just $370K at the Shubert Organization’s Cort Theatre.

The Band’s Visit is selling out the Shuberts’ Barrymore, a good sign that word of mouth is moving tickets on the Tony contender. Critically lauded newcomers SpongeBob SquarePants and Once on This Island also are playing to full houses.

The five top-grossing musicals were:

Hamilton ($2.8 million at the Nederlander Organization’s  Richard Rodgers; $263.37 average ticket)

• Hello, Dolly! ($2.4 million at the Shubert; $212.55)

Springsteen on Broadway ($2.4 million for 5 performances at Jujamcyn Theatres’ Walter Kerr; $506.56)

The Lion King ($2.3 million at the Nederlanders’ Minskoff; $172.90)

Wicked ($2 million at the Nederlanders’ Gershwin; $136.56)

The five top-grossing plays were:

• Meteor Shower ($930K at the Shuberts’ Booth; $151.75 average ticket)

Farinelli and the King ($712.3K  for seven previews and 1 performance at the Shuberts’ Belasco; $86.19)

The Parisian Woman ($676K at the Ambassador Theatre Group’s Hudson; $110.57)

• Latin History For Morons ($406.3K for seven performances at the Roundabout’s Studio 54; $88.08)

Junk ($399K at Lincoln Center Theater’s Vivian Beaumont; $80.98)

Total sales for Week 30 of the 2017-2018 Broadway season were $34.35 million, down from $35.26 million in Week 29, according to the trade group Broadway League. Average ticket price across all 32 shows was $133.61.


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