B.O. Slides; ‘Fiddler’ 643g; ‘Jackie,’ ‘Phantom’ Jump

Boxoffice during week 31 (Dec. 31 to Jan. 6) dropped 17.5% from the previous week’s holiday high, still managing a decent $6,130,790.

Of the 21 shows, all but three registered b.o. declines. The lucky three included sellouts “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Jackie Mason: Brand New,” plus virtual sellout “Six Degrees Of Separation.”

Attendance for the entire roster totaled 156,174, a slip of 15.9% from Christmas week. Upgraded New Year’s Eve ticket prices kept dollar losses down.

Other shows coming in at just the tiniest bit below capacity were “City Of Angels” and “Les Miserables.” “Cats” came close as well.

Shows that fell particularly hard were “Shogun,” “Aspects Of Love,” “Black And Blue,” “Buddy” and “Oh, Kay!” Latter production’s last-minute closing didn’t help boxoffice – attendance at the David Merrick show was 4,317, a dismal 40.6% of capacity.

“Gypsy” ended a robust run after 476 performances, although attendance during its final week was more in keeping with its lackluster final months.

“Fiddler On The Roof” continued its strong showing, netting $643,216 for New Year’s week. “Piano Lesson,” which has posted a Jan. 27 closing date, had a middling week at $123,592.

Receipts for the musicals totaled $5,159,122, or 84% of the total boxoffice. Musical attendance was 164,048, a so-so 73.9% of musical capacity. Plays netted $971,668 for the remaining 16% of total b.o. Play attendance was 35,102, a modest 77.2% of play capacity. The average price per ticket was $39.25 for all shows, $42.58 for musicals and $27.75 for plays.

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