B’way B.O. cools as musicals take dips

'Closer' close expected to hit hard

Broadway box office, as well as the overall temperature, dropped last week in the Baked Apple, with grosses totaling $10,109,835, down a not insubstantial $155,683 from the previous week.

With the folding of “Closer” on Sunday, this week’s B.O. should take another hit regardless of the comfort index. Patrick Marber’s play was one of the few to leap up, improving $9,029, with its final week tally set at $148,298 or 35% of potential.

New thriller “Voices in the Dark” also improved slightly, at $137,112, jumping $15,499 over previous week. However, with a gross potential of $369,446, it’s still a little scary at the Longacre.

‘Kat’ loses ground

The other new kids on the block, “Kat and the Kings,” lost ground to the tune of $4,993, ending up with $129,923 and playing to only 45% cap, a Broadway low for the week.

Some of the bigger musicals saw some of the bigger decreases from week before, with “Annie Get Your Gun” losing $43,379, “Footloose” off $31,684, “Les Miserables” missing $23,994, “Miss Saigon” absent $23,668, and “Ragtime” minus $22,652. Even so, “Annie Get Your Gun” plays to over 85% cap, with all others doing even better.

“It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues” finally saw better times, after a drop of $19,056 two weeks ago. The musical bumped up a bit, with an additional $5,347, bringing the week’s tally to $195,274, which is still only 37% of potential.

On the play side, “The Weir” won a little ($2,589) to take in $167,187, and “Side Man,” with Andrew McCarthy in his sophomore week, losing a little ($5,577) to end up at $154,277.

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