Originally posted on Variety:
The autumn back-to-school slump hit Broadway hard last week, with overall box office totals falling like leaves — and superhero tuner “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” emerging as the production with perhaps the most cause for concern.
The musical, which habitually lands in the millionaires’ club but carries notoriously high weekly running costs, dipped below the $1 million mark a couple of weeks ago, unusually early pre-Labor Day timing for a show popular with tourist auds. That could have been a fluke, though, or perhaps fallout from the show’s latest actor accident Aug. 15. But after a second frame of posting sales just below $1 million, last week the tuner pulled in just $790,714 for eight performances.
That’s the production’s lowest tally since its $200,000 debut in its very first week of previews — when it played just one lone perf. Attendance last week fell by nearly 10% (to 9,631), more than the Street-wide average of about 4.5%.