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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13

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Rob
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 03:04pm
Click below to access all the grosses from all the shows for the week ending 9/29/2013 in BroadwayWorld.com's grosses section.

Also, you will find information on each show's historical grosses, cumulative grosses and other statistics on how each show stacked up this week and in the past.

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Up for the week by attendance was: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL (9.6%), ANNIE (8.6%), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (6.0%), BIG FISH (3.3%), ROCK OF AGES (2.1%), CINDERELLA (1.5%), SOUL DOCTOR (1.1%), THE LION KING (0.9%), NEWSIES (0.5%),

Down for the week by attendance was: ROMEO AND JULIET (-13.9%), FIRST DATE (-10.9%), A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN (-9.6%), CHICAGO (-7.3%), SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK (-5.8%), MAMMA MIA! (-3.1%), PIPPIN (-3.1%), ONCE (-2.9%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-2.5%), THE WINSLOW BOY (-1.9%), MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL (-1.7%), WICKED (-0.4%), MATILDA (-0.1%), JERSEY BOYS (-0.1%),

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Sauja
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joined:1/7/07
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 03:31pm
I'm not sitting around hoping it closes or anything, but can anyone explain how or why Soul Doctor is still running? it must be atrophying money, and it isn't showing improvements, so I can't figure out who over there is convinced things are going to improve drastically enough to make staying open worth it.

The Spider-Man grosses are really surprising me. I was surprised first when it did such boffo business at the beginning given what a mess it was/is. But then I just figured it would run forever. The current sales plummet is surprising me anew. Sure, Fall is a hard time for the show, but THIS fall seems to be astonishingly brutal for it.
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dtzumbrunnen
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 03:39pm
This Soul Doctor business is just madness. I'm pretty sure when this filmmaker gets to the "underground anomaly" that he thinks is Nazi treasure, he's going to find a empty treasure chest with an IOU for when this show recoups.
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bwayphreak234
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joined:7/4/10
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 03:41pm
We should be seeing some closing notices very soon for some shows...
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 04:14pm
Well, looks like FIRST DATE is indeed in trouble. I wasn't expecting BIG FISH to be such a hit during previews, we'll see which way the reviews go and what effect they'll have on these numbers. I wonder if, after so many raved-about performances, Norbert Leo Butz proves to be a box office draw.
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kyl3fong2
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joined:3/10/11
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 04:24pm
With those numbers, will Cinderella last much longer?
Jason Shatz
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joined:6/24/13
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 04:53pm
So Spider-Man is shaping up to be the flop it was supposed to be in the first place. With these numbers, I don't see any way that it could recoup.

Let's keep track here. We should see notices for Spider-Man, First Date, Soul Doctor, Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet... any others?
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jdrye222
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joined:5/28/11
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 04:55pm
I don't see how FIRST DATE will hang on past January.

I also think January will be it for SPIDERMAN, CINDERELLA, and ROMEO AND JULIET (those producers must be shocked at the non-draw Bloom seems to be).

I don't see how ANNIE will even make it to their currently scheduled January closing.

I am actually kind of glad that it looks like some theaters will open up -- lots of new things are waiting to come in, and it is good for broadway to not ONLY have shows that run forever.
Noel&Cole
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joined:11/10/07
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 05:00pm
I am really shocked that Orlando Bloom isn't a bigger draw in R&J. I find it baffling. Jude Law in HAMLET was such a smash I would have that this would have been a very similar draw. I mean Orlando was one of the star of the two mega smash film trilogies.

Seeing FIRST DATE this weekend, I feel like I won't have much longer. It's nut has got to be $400k at least. You would think CINDERELLA might announce a closing to drive last minute business with families who have been putting it off. They have to have been losing money for a solid month now.

Is BIG FISH a big show to run? Haven't seen it yet. Number are solid, but if it takes $650k to run, it's gonna need to keep growing.
Updated On: 9/30/13 at 05:00 PM
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FishermanBob
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joined:7/9/12
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 05:36pm
"I am really shocked that Orlando Bloom isn't a bigger draw in R&J. I find it baffling. Jude Law in HAMLET was such a smash I would have that this would have been a very similar draw."

Do you think the fact that Jude Law's Hamlet got very good to excellent reviews and R&J was widely and loudly panned as a flop conceptually and dramatically might have something to do with it?
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SNAFU
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joined:4/20/04
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 05:39pm
Spiderman continues to plummet. Hi, you big hairy beast, you!
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Noel&Cole
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joined:11/10/07
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 05:56pm
FishermanBob- I think you have a point but only to a certain degree. HAMLET got good reviews but a negative review from NYT. Put it also did Far better business even in previews.

R&J didn't even do as strong in previews and the reviews were not pans. They were mixed. WIth a Times review arguably better than what HAMLET received.

Just food for thought.
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booth0882
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joined:11/16/11
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 06:24pm
Rough first week and a half of previews for The Winslow Boy. Not that Rees is a huge name, but I would think there would be at least a little draw considering the low average ticket price through all the preview discounts that are out there. If that doesn't improve in the next couple weeks, I doubt it will make it to it's scheduled closing date of 12/01.

Wouldn't be shocked to see closing notices for R&J, Cinderella, First Date, Spiderman in the next month. I doubt the closing date for Annie is going to shift. They will do well enough Thanksgiving through New Years to make it worth it.

Overall, two straight not so great weeks overall even considering it is the second half of September.
PlayItAgain
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joined:11/8/11
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 06:54pm
Roundabout shows never close early, they budget it out so they can run that long.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 06:54pm
I'm not sure why it would be a shock that Jude Law is a draw but Orlando Bloom isn't, you just have to look at their careers. Jude Law has been in an array of films, some successful ones too, and he has gotten nominated for an Oscar twice, and given a lot more of Oscar-worthy performances. Bloom hasn't done anything even remotely near what Law has done; he was in LORD OF THE RINGS, yes, also covered in a lot of make-up, and he hasn't done anything successful (maybe he has done something else, too lazy to look at his IMDB page right now) apart from that, nor has he proven that he is a great actor the way Law has. I don't think comparing him to Jude Law makes much sense in terms of their body of work or their star appeal; Law is a great actor who has been around for ages, Bloom is a moderately successful supporting player in a huge franchise.
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 07:18pm
Bloom was also in the Pirates franchise and is, arguably, the bigger movie star in terms who people knowing who he is. But, not one known for his acting, as opposed to Law, who was able to draw regular theater-goers. Bloom is a big tourist draw, and they may be going to try limp along until those folks come back around the holidays. The Nederlanders are among the producers, which might keep them afloat for a while.
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algy
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 08:28pm
Re Spiderman - I live in London and I had a email blast from one of the theatre groups here offering me discount on Spiderman tickets - I'm not sure I've ever had that happen before...
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dented146
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joined:11/26/05
Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/29/13
Posted: 9/30/13 at 08:44pm
Does anyone know what is the fastest any musical and /or any play has recouped?
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MaddieBB12
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 08:51pm
ONCE recouped in 21 weeks and 163 performances.
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bwayphreak234
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 08:53pm
Let's not forget the Romeo and Juliet is a limited engagement...

ETA: Wasn't the HAIR revival the show with the fastest recoupment time?
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Updated On: 9/30/13 at 08:53 PM
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ACL2006
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 08:59pm
The Annie producers might just hold out for holidays to try and recoup. Soul Doctor has no reason to still be open.
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MaddieBB12
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 09:02pm
Bwayphreak, you're right. Diane Paulus' HAIR recouped in 4 months.

And IMO, any show recouping in 6 months or less with a modest budget ( $4-6 million) is a job well done.
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Patti LuPone FANatic
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 09:22pm
I find it difficult to believe that such a lively and beautiful show such as "Cinderella" is doing so poorly. Spiderman seems to be approaching oblivion.
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Up In One
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 09:48pm
And Kinky Boots is closing in on Book of Mormon and the #2 spot!
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ACL2006
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 11:04pm
Cinderella's problem is that it's playing in The Broadway Theater. It's a barn of a theater a the second largest Broadway house. The Broadway hasn't had a hit show since Miss Saigon.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
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RippedMan
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Posted: 9/30/13 at 11:22pm
It's also Cinderella. Everyone and their mom knows the story. It's not like Book of Mormon or Kinky Boots which are new and interesting shows.

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