With one additional show this week—Almost Famous began previews October 3—Broadway's cumulative box office soared to $29 million, the best performing week in more than two months. Topping the list of highest earners was usual suspect The Music Man, which broke $3 million in ticket sales for the first time since the week ending July 24. The Hugh Jackman- and Sutton Foster-led revival was followed by fellow frequent top earners Hamilton, with $2.2 million; The Lion King, with $2.1 million; Wicked, with $1.8 million; and MJ The Musical, with $1.77 million.
Beetlejuice may have been particularly popular with theatregoers in town for New York Comic Con, held October 6-9, with the cult favorite musical enjoying the third highest-grossing week of its run with $1.3 million, a notable and sudden increase from the previous week's $797,880. The musical announced last month that it will close its encore run in January.
Though not in the top five, Funny Girl and The Phantom of the Opera have both continued their success stories. The Lea Michele-led revival brought in $1.68 million, a new record for the production. Phantom, which is set to end its historic Broadway run early next year, saw its biggest week at the box office since 2019, with receipts totaling $1.54 million.
222,263 people saw a Broadway show last week—an increase of 12,595 from the week previous—with 92.11% of seats filled cumulatively. Only 10 of the 25 currently running shows reported attendance of less than 90%.
Take a look at the full report here.