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‘Sweeney Todd’ finishes strong while overall box office takes a dip

For the week ending May 5, the 35 currently running productions grossed $34,757,296.

(L-R) Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit in “Sweeney Todd,” Broadway, 2024 (Credit: Matthew Murphy)

Broadway’s overall box office gross and attendance slipped during the 50th week of the 2023-2024 season. Total gross for the 35 productions playing during the week ending May 5 came to $34,757,296, representing a 7.5% decrease from the week prior. Attendance decreased 5.8% from the week ending April 28 (which was the highest of the season), tallying 289,947 Main Stem admissions. Seats of Broadway houses were filled to 88.2% capacity, down 3.8% from the previous week.

While this week encompassed the announcing of the nominations for the 2024 Tony Awards, increased sales may take more time. 

Despite the overall decrease in week-over-week comparisons, when examining the numbers year-over-year Broadway’s box office figures proved a significant increase from the same week of the 2022-2023 season. Compared to the week ending May 7, 2023, the current week marked a 15.3% increase in gross, despite only one additional show running. Compared to that same week last year, attendance was up 12.1%, while capacity was up 4.5 percentage points. 

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