Broadway Grosses Analysis: Holiday Boost Sends Box Office Past $30 Million | Playbill

Grosses Broadway Grosses Analysis: Holiday Boost Sends Box Office Past $30 Million

The Main Stem is happily welcoming an influx of theatregoers looking for a holiday night out.

Graphic by Vi Dang

Broadway's fortunes continued an upswing last week, bringing in more than $30 million over the 26 shows currently running and getting a nearly 4% increase from the week previous. Almost a quarter of a million people saw a show last week—holiday theatregoing is officially underway.

The figures fell short of this same week last season by nearly 20%, but there were 9 (or 34%) more shows to choose from last year. The recently released demographic report for the 2022-2023 season showed that Broadway still has work ahead to fully recover from the pandemic, so producers will be looking to see the current upward trend continue—and become more steep—at the box office in the weeks ahead.

As for how individual shows fared, it was mostly business as usual last week, with The Lion KingWickedMerrily We Roll AlongSweeney Todd, and Hamilton taking the top five spots. That cumulative gain seems to be spread among all 26 currently running shows, with well more than half in The $1 Million Club this week and even more in The 90s Club. 

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 26 currently running productions)

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

  • Hamilton (100.77%)
  • Merrily We Roll Along (100%)
  • Wicked
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Appropriate
  • MJ The Musical
  • The Book of Mormon
  • I Need That
  • Hadestown
  • Aladdin
  • & Juliet
  • The Lion King
  • SIX: The Musical
  • Gutenberg! The Musical!
  • Back to the Future
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Shucked

(18 of 26 currently running productions)

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