Broadway Box Office Takes A Nosedive But ‘Come From Away’ Is Flying High At $1.3M

Ends of run typically draw bigger crowds to say farewell, but that was not the case with Manhattan Theatre Club's Prince of Broadway, which closed at the Friedman down $147.5K from the previous stand, its $$217.5K draw under 30% of potential. Among the other big downswings last week: Anastasia, at the Shuberts' Broadhurst, tumbled $184.3K to $768.5K, 65% of potential at $103.44 per ticket average.
• Dear Evan Hansen ($1.68 million at the Shuberts' Music Box; $209.92)
Dear Evan Hansen rejoined the Top 5 list, displacing Wicked. Street leader Hamilton was off an impressive $252.2K. Wicked, at the Nederlanders' Gershwin, was off $171.3K.
That was a drop of $2 million, or 6.5%, from Week 22. Ticket sales across 28 Broadway shows totaled $28.63 million in Week 23 of the 2017-2018 season, according to the trade group Broadway League. Average ticket price was $123.84, down from $125.53 a week earlier.” />
Come From Away, the feel-good holdover from last season, continues to rock at the Shubert Organization's Schoenfeld Theatre. The musical took in $1.33 million last week, a nifty 6% above its gross potential, with SRO crowds paying on average a hefty $256.12 per ticket. A slowish week at the Broadway box office didn't have much impact on the established order of things (see Top 5 below), but it did allow a few others to grab some sunshine.
• The Lion King ($2.02 million at the Nederlanders' Minskoff; $148.96)
• Hamilton ($2.66 million at the Nederlander Organization's Richard Rodgers; $248.26 average ticket)
• Hello, Dolly! ($2.36 million at the Shubert; $202.14)
Newcomer Latin History For Morons, John Leguizamo's solo show at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54, took in $334,900 for four previews (Leguizamo was ill and missed several performances), with tickets averaging $100.38 two weeks to go before opening. Also in previews, The Band's Visit, at the Shuberts' Barrymore, eked out a $525 improvement over the previous week, selling $872.7K worth of tickets, at an average price of $104.29, filling every one of the 1,046 seats in the house.
• Springsteen on Broadway($2.38 million at the Kerr; 5 performances; $503.82)
The five top-grossing shows were:

Broadway Box Office Flattens But ‘Come From Away’ Is SRO

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, at the Nederlanders' Lunt-Fontanne, took the week's biggest tumble, falling $109.6K to $558.6K, 40 per cent of gross potential. The biggest gainer was Kinky Boots, up $71K to $766K at Jujamcyn Theatre's Hirschfeld.
• Hamilton ($2.94 million at the Nederlander Organization's Richard Rodgers; $273.54 average ticket)
• The Lion King ($1.87 million at the Nederlanders' Minskoff; $138.32)
Season to date totals were revealing: Grosses were up 20 per cent over a year ago, while attendance was up just 6.7 per cent.” /> Average price was up, to $116.92 from $116.23. Ticket sales for 24 shows during Week 19 of the 2017-2018 season  totaled $23.2 million, down $785.6K (3 per cent) from Week 18.
• Dear Evan Hansen ($1.68 million at the Shuberts' Music Box; $210.17)
The five top-grossing shows were:
• Hello, Dolly! ($2.31 million at the Shubert; $199.25)
• Wicked ($1.42 million at the Nederlanders' Gershwin; $111.88)
Add to that the hiatus status of War Paint (returning this week after a one-week shut-down), pulling another chunk out of the big till, and it's no surprise the total for the 24-show roster was down from the previous week, according to figures supplied by the trade group Broadway League. That was about the only good news in a week that saw Broadway ticket sales fall slightly in the usual Yom Kippur  dip, with the Jewish High Holy Day having an impact on three of the week's eight performance slots: Friday and Saturday evening and Saturday matinée.
This past week, even with a slight downturn in ticket sales (from just over $1.3 million to just under), the musical about airline passengers and crew diverted to a remote Newfoundland town in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks had the highest SRO number of any show. Average ticket price for CFA was $152.24. At 101.9 per cent, attendance edged out blockbusters like Hamilton (101.76 per cent), The Book of Mormon (101.72 per cent) and Dear Evan Hansen (101.56 per cent). It had a rock-solid summer, with above-capacity attendance at the Shubert Organization's Schoenfeld Theatre and no fire-sale ticket prices. Any doubt that feel-good Canadian import Come From Away would triumph over its modest Tony Awards showing (seven nominations; one win, for Christopher Ashley's staging) can be put to rest.