Little story doing big numbers in New York

The Broadway production of Come From Away reached over $1 million in weekly box office sales in the week ending April 16.

Published on April 19, 2017

The Broadway production of "Come From Away" reached over $1 million in weekly box office sales in the week ending April 16.

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It seems like "Come From Away" has people coming in droves to the box office as ticket sales for the musical just keep on climbing.

A report in Playbill magazines shows the production earned just over $1 million for the week ending April 16. The big numbers at the box office have placed the production amongst the ranks of Broadway’s million-dollar club. There are currently 40 productions on Broadway, with 15 making the million-dollar mark in the week ending April 16, according to The Broadway League (TBL), the national trade association for the Broadway industry. 

The musical recounts the stories of Gander residents and other local volunteers who opened their homes to airline passengers after the destruction of the twin towers during the 9/11 attacks. North American airspace was closed to commercial flights almost immediately after the attack began grounding all flights. Those already in the air were forced to divert from their destination to the closest airport. For 38 planes, this was Gander International Airport. 

The production is entering its 9th week on Broadway, and so far has grossed $7,063,336 during its run — significant numbers for a production that cost $12 million to create according to TBL.

The production has had a few high profile attendees, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, and Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, on opening night.