Million Dollar Money Makers
While the numbers from the 2012-2013 Broadway season were down from last year and previous season, the 2013-2014 Broadway season is here and came out swinging last week. What exactly do we mean? While there are many successful shows on Broadway week after week, there are a select few shows which some weeks or week after week are a part of the million dollar gross club. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of 11 Broadway shows making over $1 million dollars in total grosses last week.
In the weeks leading up to The 2013 Tony Awards, the Broadway attendance and gross numbers for the 2012-2013 year were revealed showing an off year for Broadway. Why so? A season filled with multiplied limited engagements and theatre vacancies just about everywhere you look, this past theatre season proved a tough one for many working on Broadway not only getting shows together but keeping them on stage. Many long running hits continued to play to success runs and many revivals made their way to Broadway in the Fall. The spring, as usual, boosted multiple new productions ushering in a new collection of works for the Broadway stage.
Out of the 26 current Broadway shows playing, last week 11 of them grossed over $1 million dollars total. Five brand new Broadway productions, which opened this spring, were included in the 11 total shows taking home over $1 million this past week.
Kinky Boots, which took home the Tony Award for Best Musical, took the crown bringing in a total $1,474,349. That is $62,775 more then the previous week. Motown the Musical had its best week ever bringing it to second place and a grand total of $1,441,448. They also set a new box office record at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Matilda the Musical brought in a total of $1,184,104 for the week and set a new box office record at The Shubert Theatre. Pippin joined the million dollar club for the first time all season bringing in a total of $1,009,392 for the week. Pippin took home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical on Broadway. Rodger & Hammerstein’s Cinderella brought in a total of $1,059,352 for the week.
As usual, the few Broadway productions that pull in over $1 million dollars regularly did as usual. This includes Jersey Boys, Once and Newsies. The top three of those include Wicked bringing in $1,849,045, The Book of Mormon bringing in $1,721,966 and The Lion King truly proving itself as king with the top gross of any production on Broadway at $1,951,428.
While there was only one, even a play made it’s way above the $1 million marker last week. Although this production has before grossed over $1 million dollars in one single week. The play is the Tony nominated Lucky Guy starring Tom Hanks which ended it’s week at $1,367,394. The top ticket for Lucky Guy sold this past week for $348. While other plays did not break the $1 million marker, they also played to very strong houses and brought in big numbers for the week. The Tony Award winner for Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike ended it’s week at $654,304 and playing to 85 percent of the show’s potential take. Bette Midler’s show, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, took in $854,203 without a single Tony nomination or win.
Earlier this season when lower numbers were announced, Luner on Theatre said we believed there was no reason to panic over the drop. Here is why:
The question that remains is: Should we be worried? The answer is no. Broadway is a place that changes as the winds do. There is always new productions and there are always a few productions running to sold out houses. Many people who have come to New York have seen those classic Broadway shows that have managed to find (Knock on Wood) a permanent home on Broadway. I’m talking about Lion King, Wicked, Jersey Boys or The Book of Mormon. There will always be new shows opening and new shows closing. The world of Broadway is one always changing. Let’s not worry about the drop in numbers this year and figure out how we can improve on it next year. Broadway will always have New York as it’s incredible backdrop and people will always being longing for a chance to experience that Great White Way.
Congratulations to all of Broadway on a fantastic week! Even the few shows that did not break the $1 million dollar mark played to strong houses and overall grosses with almost every single production on Broadway seeing a rise. We only hope that this is the beginning of another very successful year for Broadway filled with many hits and long running musicals not only for New York, but also the nation and world. For more information on grosses, check out The Broadway League’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!