Broadway – Box Office Struggles for “Evita” and “Peter and the Starcatcher”

A recent article on Entertainment Weekly was addressing the box office struggles that some Broadway shows have been going through lately. Here is what Thom Geier of Entertainment Weekly wrote:

“It seems that the hit Broadway revival of Evita needs more than just a little bit of star quality. In fact, it very much needs a star of the caliber of Ricky Martin — whose vacation last week had a huge impact on the musical’s box office. The show, which has grossed at least $1.1 million per week since its first preview performance in March, managed only $643,663 for the week ending July 8, according to figures from the Broadway League. That’s a drop of nearly 46 percent. Luckily, Martin’s holiday is a brief one (he’ll also be out Aug. 5 – 11), and he’s signed onto the Andrew Lloyd Webber tuner through January.

Over at Peter and the Starcatcher, which had seen a box office boost since picking up five Tony Awards last month, sales fell 24 percent to $520,608 in the first week since Tony winner Christian Borle left the show to shoot the second season of NBC’s Broadway-set dramaSmash. Without the swash of Borle as over-the-top pirate Black Stache, audience interest seems to have buckled.

Overall, box office was down 2.5 percent from the previous week, to $22.4 million. Even without Evita, six shows managed to hold their standing in the Great White Way’s million-dollar club: The Lion King ($1.998 million), Wicked ($1.92 million), Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark ($1.7 million), The Book of Mormon ($1.6 million), Newsies ($1.03 million), and Once($1 million).”

I think that it is a shame that these Broadway shows are struggling because the cast(s) and the crew(s) all work extremely hard to put on an amazing show. What do you think about the fact that these shows are struggling? What do you think of this article?

Source: http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/07/10/broadway-box-office-evita-ricky-martin/

Top Ten Tuesday – Box Office

For this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” post we are going to look at the box office results (according to IMDb) from this past weekend.

Here are the top movies of the week:

TITLE

WEEKEND GROSS

TOTAL GROSS

Ted

$54.4M

$54.4M

Magic Mike

$39.1M

$39.1M

Brave

$34.1M

$132M

Madea’s Witness Protection

$25.4M

$25.4M

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

$11.8M

$180M

Abraham Linoln: Vampire Hunter

$6.01M

$29M

Moonrise Kingdom

$4.93M

$18.5M

Prometheus

$4.92M

$118M

Snow White and the Huntsman

$4.5M

$146M

The Avengers

$4.42M

$607M

Are there any movies on the list that you are surprised about? Have you gone to the theaters to see any of these movies?