‘King Kong’, ‘The Ferryman’, ‘American Son’ Help Boost Broadway B.O. To $33M

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Three of the most anticipated Broadway productions of the fall season – King Kong, The Ferryman and American Son – began previews last week, helping to boost total box office by 13% over the previous week to $33,381,111.

Total attendance for Week 19 of the season – ending Oct. 7 – was 249,245, 88% of capacity and a 7% jump over the previous week.

All three of the newcomers began strong:

  • American Son, starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, played two previews at the Booth, taking $204,804, 91% of its potential. Attendance of 1,450 was 94% of capacity, with an average ticket price of $141. The new play officially opens Nov. 4;
  • King Kong, the giant-puppeted musical at the Broadway Theatre, was standing room only, grossing $364,854 for two previews. Average ticket price was $105, with an opening set for Nov. 8;
  • The Ferryman, Jez Butterworth’s critically praised London smash directed by Sam Mendes at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, played six previews to $572,006, with attendance of 5,795 at 95% of capacity. Average ticket: $99. Opening date: Oct. 21.

Also in previews, The Lifespan of a Fact, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale, took in $793,069 for a full week of performances at Studio 54; and The Waverly Gallery, Kenneth Lonergan’s play starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen and Michael Cera, grossing $361,162 at the Golden for seven performances, 93% of seats filled.

Other notables: Mean Girls, playing seven paid performances and one free fan show, took in $1.3 million at the August Wilson Theatre; and Springsteen On Broadway, playing five performances at the sold-out Walter Kerr, grossed $2.4 million, still Broadway’s priciest ticket at an average $509.

Season to date, Broadway has grossed $664,476,520, a boost of 17% over last year at this time, with total attendance of 5,156,045 about 5% above last season.

All figures courtesy of the trade group Broadway League. The numbers were compiled and released today rather than the usual Monday due to the Columbus Day holiday.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2018/10/broadway-box-office-king-kong-ferryman-american-son-33-million-1202479515/