‘The Lion King’ grosses $4.3 million as Broadway sees holiday season rebound – The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway recovered during the Christmas-to-New Year week, as many screenings broke box office records, and the industry saw one of its first relatively normal holiday weeks since the pandemic began. .
Lion King, has run on Broadway since 1997, topping the charts grossing over $4.3 million in nine performances, which appears to be the show’s highest gross and a rare milestone. achieved in the industry. Hamilton was the first Broadway performance to reach $4 million, achieved after eight shows during the holiday week ending December 30, 2018.
Lion King played at 99% capacity, with an average paid admission of $284.89, the second-highest of all shows for the week.
Overall, for the week ending January 1, 2023, all 33 running shows on Broadway brought in a total of $51.9 million, the season’s highest gross to date and has been transmitter at 92% capacity. This is a huge improvement from last year’s comparable week, in which 31 Broadway shows brought in just $26.3 million, as the industry was marred by a surge in omicron cases. and saw dozens of performances canceled and some performances permanently closed.
And it’s higher than the pre-pandemic total. For the comparative week ending January 5, 2020, the industry grossed $43.1 million across 36 screenings. However, the industry grossed more that Christmas, bringing in $55.7 million in the week ending December 29, 2019, compared with $34.8 million this season.
The weeks around Christmas and New Year are often the highest-grossing weeks on Broadway, thanks to increased viewership and higher ticket prices, and helping many performances survive the less crowded winter months next attendance or get the performances to end on a high. .
Many shows showed fewer than eight shows this Christmas week, which reduced the total box office and offset the week between Christmas and New Year by showing nine shows, which also raised the total. typical weekly collection.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child once again set the record for the highest weekly gross for a play in Broadway history, according to the producer, by bringing in $2.67 million across eight shows for the week ending May 1. 1 with an average ticket price of $205.86. It previously set a record with $2.52 million for the week ending December 30, 2018 with an average ticket price of $194.66. At the time, the production was still a two-part play. It was condensed into one part upon its return to Broadway after theaters closed in November 2021.
Chicago recordreached the highest gross in the play’s 26-year history on Broadway, bringing in $1.3 million across nine shows with an average ticket price of $132 and surpassing the previous record set by the show. across nine shows during the 2017 holiday week, with an average ticket price of $128.
Indeed, while many plays break box office records each year due to higher ticket prices, the new musical & Juliette, a pop version of the Shakespearean tale in which Juliet survives; grossed $1.7 million for its nine-week opening ending January 1 and beat the previous box office record at the House. singing Stephen Sondheim set up by the Stephen Sondheim Theater Beautiful – Carole King Musical, while having the same fare. Pretty before broke the record for a nine-show week in 2014, by grossing $1.55 million for the week ending December 28, 2014, with an average ticket price of $174.90, compared with & by Juliet $177.29. Pretty has a premium fare of $350 compared to & by Juliet $325.
Including other notable highs music man, announced a peak gross of $3.97 million across nine shows, Funny girlhit a record $2.4 million in nine shows and Six, beat the previous box office record by grossing $1.65 million across eight shows