Thursday, October 6, 2011

Broadway Box Office Top 10: 09.26 - 10.02.11

Fellow blogger and Godspell producer Ken Davenport suggested, in his recent blog, that Broadway might have a "Box Office Top Ten" much like the one movies often quote. Well, I took it to heart, and now offer you a Broadway Box Office Top 10. 

I calculated it as follows: I ranked each show's percentage of capacity for the week from highest (#1) to lowest (#22).   Then I ranked each show by average ticket price from highest (#1) to lowest (#22).  Any show that showed an improved capacity got to deduct 1 point, any show that lost capacity had to add a point to their total, and any show with the same capacity as the prior week received a zero.  Any show that increased its total B.O. cash total got to deduct 1 point, and any show that lost total B.O. cash from the prior week had to add a point.  Finally, the show with the biggest loss of capacity got another point added, and the show with the greatest gain in capacity got to deduct another point.  The show with the lowest total points is number 1, second lowest is number 2, all the way 22.

#1: Matt Stone and Trey Parker at The Book of Mormon

The Top 10 Broadway Box Office for the Week of September 26 - October 2:

  1. The Book of Mormon (Musical) Eugene O'Neill Theatre  Open Run.
  2. Disney's The Lion King (Musical) Minskoff Theatre  Open Run.
  3. Jersey Boys (Musical) August Wilson Theatre  Open Run.
  4. Wicked (Musical) Gershwin Theatre  Open Run.
  5. War Horse (Play) Vivian Beaumont Theatre  Open Run.
  6. Follies (Musical Revival) Marquis Theatre  Limited Engagement through January 22.
  7. Anything Goes (Musical Revival) Stephen Sondheim Theatre  Open Run.
  8. Rock of Ages (Musical) Helen Hayes Theatre  Open Run.
  9. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (Musical) The Foxwoods Theatre  Open Run.
  10. Relatively Speaking (Play)  Brooks Atkinson Theatre  Open Run.

#6: Follies set a record of Sondheim shows this week:
it grossed over $1M!

#10: The first new play of the 2011-2012 season is a hit!
Biggest Increase in Attendance: The Addams Family
Biggest Drop in Attendance: Memphis

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