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NEW YORK, Dec 29, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Box office receipts for all of Broadway this year reached $878.4 million by Christmas Eve, heading for a new record, a report says.

Daily Variety reported Friday that since the holiday week and weekend took in more than $25 million last year, it is expected that by the end of 2006 the total will be at least $900 million.

The League of American Theaters & Producers reported that Broadway grossed $825 million in 2005.

The total attendance for 2006 looks like it will be just under 12 million, almost equal to the total for 2005.

The rise in profit is due to the rising ticket prices for 2006, with most musical tickets topping out at $110, which is more than last fall, Variety said.

Premium-priced seats were in high demand this year, giving in-demand shows a serious nudge at the box office, the report said.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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