Broadway Grosses Analysis: Phantom of the Opera Enjoys Highest-Grossing Week of Entire 35-Year Run | Playbill

Grosses Broadway Grosses Analysis: Phantom of the Opera Enjoys Highest-Grossing Week of Entire 35-Year Run

The long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will play its final performance April 16.

Graphic by Vi Dang

Broadway grosses are in from last week, and The Phantom of the Opera is once again topping the list. The long-running Andrew Lloyd Webber musical pulled in a staggering $3 million last week, the highest weekly gross in the British show's entire, historic 35-year run. That achievement is made further notable because the production gave just eight performances last week. The production's previous box office record came from a nine-performance holiday week. It's also the first time the production has ever broken the $3 million mark, part of the show's victory lap as it prepares for its final chandelier crash April 16.

Attendance on Broadway also remains extremely healthy. Last week, 259,832 people saw a Broadway show, with 11 out of 29 productions playing to more-than-100% capacity. In fact, only seven productions played to less-than-90% capacity. With an average ticket price coming in at $131.33 across all 29 shows, Broadway took in a cumulative $34 million last week, a sharp increase from $28.6 million the week prior with only two additional productions.

Excluding long-running hits, Broadway's newest winners are looking to be Sweeney Todd, which brought in $1.63 million last week even as its leading man Josh Groban was sidelined from at least three performances; & Juliet, a sell-out at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, bringing in $1.27 million; and Parade, also a sell out and bringing in just over $1 million. Some Like It Hot had a particularly good week, bringing in $971,410 last week with 88% of seats filled at the Shubert. That box office is the production's second-highest since its nine-performance Christmas-New Year's week.

Take a look at the full report here.

The $1 Million Club (Shows that earned $1 million or more at the box office):

(15 of 29 currently running productions)

The 90s Club
(Shows that played to 90% or higher of their seats filled over the entire week):

  • Parade (101.78%)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (101.71%)
  • Hamilton (101.01%)
  • SIX: The Musical (100.62%)
  • Hadestown (100.61%)
  • The Book of Mormon (100.47%)
  • & Juliet (100.39%)
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical (100.39%)
  • MJ The Musical (100.11%)
  • Jonas Brothers (100%)
  • Shucked (100%)
  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King
  • Wicked
  • A Doll's House
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Chicago
  • Kimberly Akimbo
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Life of Pi
  • Bob Fosse's Dancin'
  • Camelot

(22 of 29 currently running productions)

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