NEW YORK – Two Broadway shows with very different audiences broke box office records last week – the kid-friendly “Matilda, the Musical” and the very adult revival of Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal.”
Data released Tuesday from the Broadway League shows that the sold-out revival of the Pinter play starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz took in $1.11 million over seven performances ending Sunday, breaking the Barrymore Theatre’s weekly box office record. It had set the record the week before with $1.10 million.
On the other end of the entertainment spectrum, “Matilda” had its best week ever, pulling in $1.43 million and creating a new record at the Shubert Theatre. The English hit opened April 11 and has been an instant draw, regularly grossing over $1 million a week.
Not to be outdone, “The Book of Mormon,” broke the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s box office record – for the 45th time. The show’s grosses were $1.84 million for the week ending Sunday with a top premium ticket going for $477. Unsurprisingly, the musical also had the highest average paid admission at $210.
Overall, Broadway box offices are ahead of where they were last season at this time. Last week’s 28 shows grossed $24.61 million, ahead of the same week in 2012 in which 26 shows pulled in $20.61 million.
“Soul Doctor,” the musical about the life and music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, bowed out Sunday after playing 32 previews and 66 regular performances. It was critically savaged.