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Mouse near sweep

Disney trio strong but average B'Way gross sags

Disney would have made it three for three, if not for that hip upstart “True West” performing at 97.13% capacity. The House of Mouse triptych — “The Lion King,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida” — came up with the first, second and fourth best caps last week, doing 101.15%, 99.92% and 97.12%. “True West” edged out newcomer “Aida” by only .01%.

That dollop of trivia aside, Broadway B.O. rose $275,960 over the previous session for a final $14,275,973. Since there were two more shows on the boards for a total tally of 34, however, the overall gross translated into declining box office for 19 of those productions.

‘Aida’ gain operatic

“Aida” saw the biggest gain for a show in regular performances. Erupting $95,023, it closed at $713,181 — not far from its gross potential of $808,554. In previews, both “Copenhagen” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” went from five to eight performances, gaining $102,654 and $105,335, respectively, at the box office.

Other upticks were decidedly less than monumental. They included “Cabaret” (up $132), “Cats” ($6,867), “Jekyll & Hyde” ($8,000), “The Lion King” ($21,531), “A Moon for the Misbegotten” ($16,562), “True West” ($8,801) and the previewing “Wild Party” ($32,636). “Taller Than a Dwarf,” also in previews, added three performances from the previous session and had an additional $75,484 to show for it.

“True West” appears very ready to meet its gross potential of $300,202. The Sam Shepard play took in $285,592, its average ticket going for $58.25 — just under the full price of $65.

“A Moon for the Misbegotten,” another new entry, did $318,418 for the week, performing at 91.92% capacity. Its gross potential remains $444,168.

‘Kate’s’ expensive

“Kiss Me, Kate” had the least discounted tickets of any musical. The average went for $68.92, which brought the tuner a final gross of $681,788 for the week. Gross potential: $771,039.

“Contact” offered a split week of five regular performances and three heavily comped previews. With its gross potential at $656,080, the hoofer show came up with a final $469,253.

Of the shows that declined, “Beauty and the Beast” dipped the least (down $882) while “Chicago” took the biggest hit (down $81,112).

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