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‘Good Night, Oscar’ breaks $1 million mark as overall box office continues to dip

For the week ending Aug. 20, the 26 currently running productions grossed $25,806,601.

Alex Wyse and Sean Hayes in “Good Night, Oscar” (Credit: Joan Marcus)

“Good Night, Oscar” continued to climb at the box office last week ahead of the final week of its limited engagement. The new play earned $1,061,789 — marking the first time it has surpassed $1 million — for its sixth consecutive highest-grossing week. Capacity was at 99%, up 1% from last week.

Overall, for the week ending Aug. 20, the 26 currently running productions grossed $25,806,601, down 7% from the previous week. Attendance also dipped by 4%, with overall capacity at 85%. This marks the 13th week of the 2023-2024 Broadway season.

For the 18th straight week, “The Lion King” was the highest-grossing production, bringing in $2,226,635. Rounding out the top three were “Hamilton,” which earned $1,904,853, and “Wicked,” which grossed $1,559,480.

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

On the attendance front, twelve productions played to at least 90% capacity, including “& Juliet”; “Aladdin”; “Back to the Future”; “Good Night, Oscar”; “Hadestown”; “Hamilton”; “Here Lies Love”; “Just for Us”; “MJ”; “Moulin Rouge!”; “The Book of Mormon”; and “The Lion King.”

But some shows failed to reach the 60% capacity mark last week, including “Once Upon a One More Time” — which played to just 45% capacity and posted a closing notice — and “A Beautiful Noise,” which played to audiences that were 58% full.

“Just for Us,” which finished its limited engagement on Aug. 19, had its highest-grossing week. The Alex Edelman-led solo show earned $812,208, up 19% from its penultimate week. Capacity was maintained at 99%.

On the flip side, “Funny Girl” was without star Lea Michele during a planned absence from Aug. 18-20. As a result, the revival grossed $1,216,459, down a staggering 35%, and played to 80% capacity, down 14%.

Also without star Josh Groban (who tested positive for COVID-19 late in the week) was “Sweeney Todd.” The revival earned $1,325,483, down 22%, and played to 79% capacity, down 19%.

“The Shark Is Broken” also struggled. It was again the lowest-grossing production, taking in $271,789. Attendance fell by 20% with the show playing to 73% capacity.

“El Mago Pop” began previews on Aug. 17 and opened on Aug. 20 for a two-week limited engagement.