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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 12/30; Holidays Bring Slew of New Records

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS, part of our new Industry Insights section that will feature insider industry information, commentary and insights!

Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, 12/29/2013.

Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, starring Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Rafe Spall, and directed by ten-time Tony Award winner Mike Nichols, set a new Broadway box office record for the week ending 12/29/13. With a gross of $1,442,086.95,BETRAYAL grossed more in one week than any play in Broadway history, breaking a record set by Lucky Guy, with a gross of $1,412,001.00 for the week ending 4/21/13.

CINDERELLA on Broadway had its best week ever at the box office over Christmas week ending Sunday, December 29. The show grossed $1,479,890 for eight performances, breaking the previous box office record it had set at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway in NYC) on March 31.

KINKY BOOTS had its best week ever, grossing $2,247,239.99 in the week ending December 29th. The multiple Tony Award-winning musical, which first broke the all-time box office record Thanksgiving weekend at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45 Street), breaks it again, this time in a 9-performance week.

Having recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary on Broadway, the blockbuster musical WICKED continues to defy gravity, setting a new Broadway record for the highest one-week gross with a box office take of $3,201,333, for the week ending December 29, 2013. The first and only Broadway musical to gross over $3 million in one week, WICKED has broken the previous record, $2,947,142, which it also held (week ending December 30, 2012), and which had earlier been held by Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, with a gross of $2,941,794 (week ending January 1, 2012).

Disney's landmark musical event, THE LION KING, broke the house record at the Minskoff Theatre last week with a gross of $2,837,158.00 on nine performances. This breaks the previous record for a nine performance week of $2,666,565.50 for the week ending December 30, 2012.

THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, has broken the house record of Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre for the 49th time. The show earned $2,145,404 for the week ending Sunday, December 29, in the 1,068-seat O'Neill, one of Broadway's smallest theatres.

CHICAGO set a new box office sales record at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). That eight-performance week (Dec. 23-29) grossed a record-breaking $1,059,107 -- a first in the 18-year history of the acclaimed revival that played to sold-out houses at every performance.

Top 5 by This Week Gross
WICKED $3,201,333
THE LION KING $2,837,158
KINKY BOOTS $2,247,240
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $2,176,436
THE BOOK OF MORMON $2,145,404
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross
MACHINAL ($111,626), MACBETH ($384,940), A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin ($444,357), FIRST DATE ($514,551), ROCK OF AGES ($612,102)

Top 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
WICKED $1,048,235
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK $973,311
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $837,987
THE LION KING $630,779
CINDERELLA $598,187
Bottom 5 by This Week Gross vs. Last Week Gross
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III ($-59,058), MACHINAL ($41,180), MACBETH ($50,906), BEAUTIFUL ($127,704), A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin ($152,594)

Top 5 by Average Ticket Price
THE BOOK OF MORMON $245.13
THE LION KING $185.35
WICKED $184.49
KINKY BOOTS $174.02
700 SUNDAYS $160.02
Bottom 5 by Average Ticket Price
MACHINAL ($40.27), MACBETH ($66.99), FIRST DATE ($78.15), BIG FISH ($85.16), A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin ($89.90)

Top 5 by Gross % of Potential
MATILDA 135.93%
THE BOOK OF MORMON 129.41%
ANNIE 126.8%
700 SUNDAYS 126.23%
KINKY BOOTS 124.11%
Bottom 5 by Gross % of Potential
MACHINAL (22.38%), MACBETH (33.8%), FIRST DATE (59.4%), BIG FISH (59.41%), A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin (63.32%)

Top 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats
ANNIE 116.3%
CHICAGO 101.8%
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III 101.5%
PIPPIN 101.3%
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 101.2%
Bottom 5 % of Seats Sold of Total Seats

MACHINAL (63.5%), MACBETH (68.6%), A NIGHT WITH Janis Joplin (73.6%), FIRST DATE (77.0%), BEAUTIFUL (87.2%)


Top 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK 4048
CINDERELLA 3728
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 3726
BIG FISH 3238
MAMMA MIA! 3069
Bottom 5 by Seats Sold This Week vs. Last Week
TWELFTH NIGHT/RICHARD III (-1060), MACBETH (-23),

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