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‘El Mago Pop,’ ‘Funny Girl’ break house records as overall box office increases

For the week ending Aug. 27, the 25 currently running productions grossed $27,215,118.

Antonio Díaz in “El Mago Pop” (Credit: Courtesy of DKC/O&M)

In the final week of its limited engagement, “El Mago Pop” broke the house record at the Barrymore Theatre, earning $2,717,000 through 13 performances and one preview. The previous record was held by “Waitress,” which grossed $1,563,490 for the week ending Oct. 10, 2021. “El Mago Pop” played to 96% capacity, an increase of 9%. Overall, the 10-day run of the show, starring illusionist Antonio Díaz, grossed a total of $3,341,826. “El Mago Pop” was also the highest-grossing production of the week.

Overall, for the week ending Aug. 27, the 25 currently running productions grossed $27,215,118, an increase of 5% from the previous week. Capacity was up 0.65% to 86%. This marks the 14th week of the 2023-2024 Broadway season.

In addition to “El Mago Pop,” the top-three highest-grossing productions included “Funny Girl,” which grossed $2,133,143, and “The Lion King,” which earned $1,991,990.

In addition to the top three, there were 10 other productions that broke the $1 million mark: “& Juliet”; “Aladdin”; “Back to the Future”; “Good Night, Oscar”; “Hamilton”; “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”; “MJ”; “Moulin Rouge!”; “Sweeney Todd”; and “Wicked.”

On the attendance front, twelve productions played to at least 90% capacity, including “& Juliet”; “Aladdin”; “Back to the Future”; “El Mago Pop”; “Funny Girl”; “Good Night, Oscar”; “Hadestown”; “Hamilton”; “MJ”; “Moulin Rouge!”; “The Book of Mormon”; and “The Lion King.”

Meanwhile, some shows did not reach the 65% capacity mark last week, including “Once Upon a One More Time” — which played to 53% capacity, the lowest of any production — “A Beautiful Noise” and “Some Like It Hot.”

In its penultimate week on Broadway, “Funny Girl” broke its own record at the August Wilson Theatre, grossing $2,133,143 through eight performances, up a whopping 75% from the previous week. Capacity was up 16% to 96%. The revival previously set the record for the highest-grossing eight-performance week at the Wilson during the week ending Jan. 8, when it earned $2,062,739.

“Good Night, Oscar” ended its run with its seventh-consecutive highest-grossing week. The new play earned $1,147,057 in its final week, up 8%, and played to 101% capacity, up 2%.

Several productions did not fare as well last week. “Here Lies Love” grossed $627,520, a decrease of 19%. Capacity also fell 12% to 79%.

“The Shark Is Broken” was again the overall lowest grossing production. The new play earned $277,366, up 2%, and played to 80% capacity, up 6%.

“Good Night, Oscar” and “El Mago Pop” concluded their respective limited engagements on Aug. 27.