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In 2015, attendance over Halloween weekend was down to 78%. The 88% of overall capacity last week is a big step up from the 81% logged last year during Halloween weekend, when there were 31 shows running. Attendance looked fairly healthy, too.
The coming weeks, meanwhile, look poised to put box office on the rise. Broadway's fall lineup has begun to kick into high gear — one buzzy new title, "Meteor Shower" with Amy Schumer, starts previews this week — and Thanksgiving, one of Broadway's most profitable weeks, is right around the corner.
And some productions managed to hold steady, despite the overall downward trend — most notably "The Band's Visit" ($872,688), which is maintaining the momentum it's been building since Off Broadway's critical fave began Broadway previews earlier this month. Most individual shows still posted declines, but the overall picture, compared to the same week in previous years, looked pretty good.
Halloween weekend is usually pretty frightful at the Broadway box office, what with all the costumes parties and trick-or-treating that keep theatergoers — particularly family audiences — from showing up for a show. But with All Hallow's Eve falling on a Tuesday this year, festivities were spread across the weekend and early into this week — which meant the damage last week wasn't so bad, compared to prior years.
Overall Broadway sales slipped about $2 million to $28.6 million for 28 shows, with attendance down 13,000 to 231,168. That's a pretty strong showing, compared to prior years, with grosses pumped by high average ticket prices at shows like "Springsteen on Broadway" ($502 a pop, adding up to $2,383,080 for the week), "Hamilton" ($248, with $2,665,092 for the week) and "Hello, Dolly!" ($206 and $2,362,351).

Butterfly" ($521,366 for seven) expanded to a seven-preview week with middling sales, while Lincoln Center Theater's "Junk" ($530,185) played its first full frame of eight. The new revival of "M.
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"Springsteen on Broadway" had the megabucks launch — and continues to do huge business — but the other show to begin previews around the same time, "The Band's Visit," is showing its own signs of (admittedly more modest) promise, with sales fueled by its well-received Off Broadway run last season.
Attendance climbed about 7,000 to 241,568, or a healthy 91% of overall capacity. Overall Broadway sales were down slightly to $29.9 million for 28 shows now playing.
2, ahead of "The Lion King" ($2,079,369). Further up, "Hamilton"($2,930,747) led the way, as usual, with "Hello, Dolly!" ($2,371,088) once more topping its own record-breaking gross and landing at No. That's about $400,000 less than the previous week, but you can blame that on all the comps that producers shelled out to critics and to the attendees of the production's Oct. 12 opening night. 4 slot in the Top 10. Meanwhile, "Springsteen on Broadway" ($1,924,818 for five) camped out in the No.
The critical response to the show on Broadway stands poised to mirror the raves the musical received Off Broadway, but it still remains to be seen how the show will fare against big-name heavyweights like "Mean Girls" or the aforementioned "Frozen," both of which are on their way in the spring. The weekly gross for the "The Band's Visit" ($768,914 for seven previews) was pretty healthy for a new musical that's not called "Frozen," and its full-capacity crowds across a seven-preview week also seems to point to strong word of mouth.