Broadway hits $1B sales mark

'West Side Story' and 'A Christmas Carol' lead the way

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This past week, Broadway's season-to-date sales totals passed the $1 billion mark.

The hot shows right now are "West Side Story" and "A Christmas Carol," which each set house records last week and helped send the 34 productions up 5 percent from the prior week to more than $40 million, according to Deadline.

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"West Side Story," in its second week of previews, hit an impressive $1,497,319 with just seven preview performances.

"A Christmas Carol,"  grossed $860,126, breaking the show's own house record set the prior week.

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While attendance remained steady week-over-week, there was an increase in revenue due to higher ticket prices.

The average ticket prices increased to $134 compared to the previous week's $128.

In all, 17 productions hit 99 percent of their gross potential.

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Season-to-date, the $1 billion mark still trails year-ago figures by 7 percent, while attendance is about even, according to the Broadway League.