Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 9/1/19

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:19pm
Click below to access all the Broadway grosses from all the shows for the week ending 9/1/2019 in BroadwayWorld'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: BEAUTIFUL (12%), TOOTSIE (9.5%), WICKED (8.1%), CHICAGO (7.3%), OKLAHOMA! (4.9%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (3.8%), THE BOOK OF MORMON (3.5%), ALADDIN (2.8%), BETRAYAL (2.7%), BEETLEJUICE (2.5%), MEAN GIRLS (1.9%), AIN'T TOO PROUD (1.7%), THE LION KING (0.8%), SEA WALL/A LIFE (0.6%), TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (0.4%), COME FROM AWAY (0.3%), WAITRESS (0.3%), DEAR EVAN HANSEN (0.2%), HADESTOWN (0.2%), MOULIN ROUGE! (0.1%),

Down for the week by attendance was: FROZEN (-1%),

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:28pm

A great week for everyone's favorite punching bag, TOOTSIE!

Was this the start of Broadway Week?

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:30pm

Wow! Good for Beautiful! :) 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:31pm

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "A great week for everyone's favorite punching bag, TOOTSIE!

Was this the start of Broadway Week?
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No, Broadway Week starts today.

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:33pm
The amount of shows making more money than Frozen must have Disney seeing red. Maybe they shouldn’t have fired the original team, then they’d at least have a good show.
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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:36pm
Generally a good week for the few productions left. With all the recent closings, I think the majority of discussion here will be about which ones will struggle in the autumn. Tootsie, Beetlejuice and Mean Girls had relatively strong weeks this week, allowing them to go into September on a high, but Frozen’s attendance drop may be a bad omen. It’s not bad enough to create any immediate danger, but if the decline continues, it is likely to fall below the million dollar barrier, which would be a big blow...
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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:37pm

Disney's playing the long game, and FROZEN's numbers are still totally respectable. Remember, everything Disney does is brand expansion. FROZEN The Musical helps merch sales, DVD sales, theme park admissions, etc. And I do think the Broadway grosses will rise when the film sequel comes out.

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:39pm

ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "Disney's playing the long game, and FROZEN's numbers are still totally respectable. Remember, everything Disney does is brand expansion. FROZEN The Musical helps merch sales, DVD sales, theme park admissions, etc. And I do think the Broadway grosses will rise when the film sequel comes out."

For a normal musical, yes. But compared to Aladdin and Lion King, these are far from respectable. This is Newsie-level, which Frozen should be surpassing with no question. 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:41pm

Has Mean Girls announced recoupment yet? 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:46pm

VotePeron said: "ErmengardeStopSniveling said: "Disney's playing the long game, and FROZEN's numbers are still totally respectable. Remember, everything Disney does is brand expansion. FROZEN The Musical helps merch sales, DVD sales, theme park admissions, etc. And I do think the Broadway grosses will rise when the film sequel comes out."

For a normal musical, yes. But compared to Aladdin and Lion King, these are far from respectable. This is Newsie-level, which Frozen should be surpassing with no question.
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This has been the central point of every argument about Frozen since its decline really started earlier this year. The original Newsies was a catastrophic flop. The original Frozen was Disney’s highest grossing original film. Frozen has far more fantasy elements and is in a much larger theatre, so whilst it is still profitable, it is not as profitable as Newsies was....

 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:46pm

AMAZING week for Tootsie. Suck it haters!

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:52pm

Pose2 said: "AMAZING week for Tootsie. Suck it haters!"

I don't understand this comment. It still had the lowest capacity of any show and the lowest percentage of grosses not to mention one of the lowest ticket prices. Beyond which, it doesn't seem like the discussion here has been about wanting Tootsie to close--it's more that it seems to be doing rather poorly, making a long run seem unlikely. I have zero stakes in this--I thought Tootsie was fine. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Think the cast is super talented. But from the perspective of how well it's doing at the box office, it seems odd to claim such a middling week as "AMAZING." It's an enormous improvement over last week, but it's still mediocre as far as attendance and grosses go. That's not an attack, it's an observation.

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:52pm

[insert show here] MUST close!!!

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:58pm

It was a great week for Tootsie. I am so done with all the threads about "Tootsie closing?" and the endless comments of "Must close!" or "ummmm should it close in September"?  I am sick of it, and it's improving. It is up from last week, meaning it had a great week. It's not hard to understand. 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 3:59pm

Pose2 said: "AMAZING week for Tootsie. Suck it haters!"

I agree, perhaps this will shut them up for an entire week. Here's hoping! 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 4:32pm
I’m also a Tootsie fan, and am happy to see this weeks gross.
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Posted: 9/3/19 at 5:55pm
I’m confused why everyone is saying Tootsie had a “great” week. Yes, it’s numbers are up slightly, but their gross potential is still INCREDIBLY low. Better, yes. Good? No.
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n2nbaby said: "I’m confused why everyone is saying Tootsie had a “great” week. Yes, it’s numbers are up slightly, but their gross potential is still INCREDIBLY low. Better, yes. Good? No."

I was thinking the same

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:02pm

n2nbaby said: "I’m confused why everyone is saying Tootsie had a “great” week. Yes, it’s numbers are up slightly, but their gross potential is still INCREDIBLY low. Better, yes. Good? No."

It's their best week since July, but the basic narrative is unchanged. Discounting limited run productions (Oklahoma) and ones which have already announced a closing date (Beautiful, Waitress) Tootsie is the musical most likely to announce it will close first...

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:18pm

n2nbaby said: "I’m confused why everyone is saying Tootsie had a “great” week. Yes, it’s numbers are up slightly, but their gross potential is still INCREDIBLY low. Better, yes. Good? No."

People were mentioning in the last thread that we shouldn't judge it by that, but that's how I always thought we were judging it? I seriously do not get this board at times.

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:35pm

VotePeron said: "The amount of shows making more money than Frozen must have Disney seeing red. Maybe they shouldn’t have fired the original team, then they’d at least have a good show. "

And they wouldn’t have had a 30 million capitalization cost. I agree with Ermengarde that the sequel will help bring the broadway show back into the limelight, but for how long will that last?

Thesassysam, I’m curious about that too. I’m sure it has and they just didn’t bother sending out a release. Unless Tina is like double dipping in the profits...

 

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:41pm

Pose2 said: "It was a great week for Tootsie. I am so done withall the threads about "Tootsie closing?" and the endless comments of "Must close!" or "ummmm should it close in September"? I am sick of it, and it's improving. It is up from last week, meaning it had a great week. It's not hard to understand."

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:48pm
I seriously don’t understand the loathing for Tootsie each week on these gross threads. People are seeing it and liking it. Maybe it’s in the wrong theater, but it’s there. We will see how it goes through the doldrums of autumn. I didn’t love it or hate it, but saying “it must go” is petty. Unless you are are producer of the show or a member of Nederlander looking for another show to go in, it shall remain. It’s like everyone being an armchair meteorologist during hurricane season.
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Posted: 9/3/19 at 6:52pm

Yep! ^

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Posted: 9/3/19 at 7:00pm

matty159 said: "I seriously don’t understand the loathing for Tootsie each week on these gross threads."

The problem seems to be twofold. One, there used to be 6 shows where the weekly grosses seemingly calls into question whether the show is still able to run or in any position to recoup. Now, Tootsie is the only one of those shows left, so for people who want to look at the grosses and predict closing they are down to one easy target.

Second, the people who like Tootsie keep trying to read interpretation of the grosses as a slam against the show or its quality, which of course, has nothing to do with its ability to stay open. Lots of good shows don't make enough money to stay open, but both the haters and the lovers bring their interpretation of the quality of the show into their interpretation of the grosses, each equally misguided, just from different directions.

That said, if one is triggered by people saying their championed show may close, perhaps the weekly grosses thread isn't your thing, since that is ALWAYS the discussion, and once Tootsie announces closing, they will switch gears and go after some other show.