Erin Mackey in 'Wicked'
For the third time in six weeks, 'Wicked' broke its own box office record.
If only every week could be bookended by Christmas and New Year’s! As 2009 came to a close, box office records shattered across Broadway in theaters both small (the Booth, which raked in $550,409 for nine performances of Next to Normal) and large (the Gershwin, where Wicked set a new house record of $2,125, 740, plus record-breaking weeks for Billy Elliot at the Imperial and West Side Story at the Palace). In all, 11 shows topped $1 million, including newcomer A Little Night Music and soon to depart Shrek. Cheers!
Here is a look at who was on top and who was not for the week ending January 3:
FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)
1. Wicked ($2,125,740)
2. The Lion King ($1,740,130)
3. Billy Elliot ($1,663,895)
4. West Side Story ($1,485,158)
5. Jersey Boys ($1,440,456)
UNDERDOGS (By Gross)
5. Wishful Drinking ($314,422)*
4. Superior Donuts ($303,165)
3. The 39 Steps ($295,317)
2. In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play ($253,434)
1. Present Laughter ($88,615)**
FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)
1. A Little Night Music (101.06%)
2. Jersey Boys (100.87%)
3. The Lion King (100.01%)
4. Wicked (100%)
5. Billy Elliot (99.74%)
UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)
5. Race (74.89%)
4. Wishful Drinking (74.66%)*
3. Finian’s Rainbow (74.35%)
2. In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (66.80%)
1. Superior Donuts (60.27%)
*Number based on seven regular performances.
**Number based on four preview performances.
Data provided by the Broadway League.